Int’l co­conut gab slated in Nov

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS -

THE 2nd In­ter­na­tional Co­conut Con­fer­ence and Trade Expo (ICCTE), which will be held on Novem­ber 7 to 9, 2017 at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, is tar­geted to be a venue for for­eign buy­ers and lo­cal su­per­mar­ket op­er­a­tors to con­nect with lo­cal co­conut farmers.

A busi­ness-to-busi­ness meet­ing be­tween the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional buy­ers and the lo­cal sup­pli­ers of raw ma­te­ri­als will be mod­er­ated by the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) – Ex­port Mar­ket­ing Bureau (EMB).

“We are not only lim­it­ing to the in­ter­na­tional buy­ers. We are also look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of bringing in su­per­mar­ket op­er­a­tors so that they will also look into the pos­si­bil­ity of help­ing the lo­cal farmers and pro­ces­sors whose prod­ucts can­not go into ex­port but can also be made avail­able in our lo­cal su­per­mar­kets,” said Davao Re­gion Co­conut In­dus­try Clus­ter, Inc. ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Mig­do­nio Clamor, Jr., dur­ing a press cofer­ence at Habi at Kape, Abreeza Ayala Mall on Wednesday.

Aside from that, a farmers-to-busi­ness meet­ing will also be one of ICCTE’s high­light since some of the co­conut farmers do not ex­actly know what to do to de­velop their farms and in­stead en­ter into agree­ments with con­trac­tors who does the mas­sive devel­op­ment of the farms.

“There will be dis­cus­sions on how they can still be pro­duc­tive aside from plant­ing co­conut, mean­ing to say, there will be dis­cus­sion about in­ter­crop­ping, pest man­age­ment, fer­til­iza­tion and even into small-scale or village type pro­duc­tion level or raw ma­te­ri­als pro­cess­ing,” Clamor said.

Ex­perts on the co­conut in­dus­try as well as in cli­mate change were also in­vited to speak about its ef­fect in the sec­tor and in­tro­duc­ing a cli­mate-smart agri­cul­ture.

About 40 or­ga­ni­za­tions, pri­vate sec­tors, and gov­ern­ment agen­cies are ex­pected to at­tend ICCTE. This in­cludes Philip­pine Cen­ter for Posthar­vest Devel­op­ment & Mech­a­niza­tion (Philmech), Coco Natura, Lao In­te­grated Farms, Inc., Healthy Sweets, Co­co­l­ife Co­op­er­a­tive, First Co­conut Man­u­fac­tur­ing In­cor­po­rated, and the San Isidro Co­conut Farmers Mul­tiPur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive (San­i­cofa) among oth­ers.

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