Buyer, sup­plier match­ing in agri­cul­ture fair to­day

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS -

COF­FEE, peanut, rice/ corn, rub­ber, and abaca are the five agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties that will be high­lighted dur­ing the De­part­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form Min­danao Sus­tain­able Agrar­ian and Agri­cul­ture De­vel­op­ment (DAR-MinSAAD) Us­apang Kalakan to­day, March 13 at the Apo View Ho­tel.

Around 60 farm­ers in Min­danao who are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the agrar­ian re­form pro­gram of DAR will par­tic­i­pate dur­ing the Us­apang Kalakan. These farm­ers are com­ing from 20 dif­fer­ent or­ga­nized agri­cul­ture co­op­er­a­tives.

Dif­fer­ent buy­ers all over the coun­try with spec­i­fied sup­ply needs of the five agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties are ex­pected to come over and trans­act with the farm­ers. Ac­cord­ing to DAR MinSAAD Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer The­of­fany Joy D. Ca­banda, the event was or­ga­nized so that the buy­ers will be able to present the type of qual­ity they are look­ing for in the prod­ucts of their sup­pli­ers. Through this as well, the buy­ers and the farm­ers will be able to meet half way.

“The buy­ers can present the qual­ity [they are look­ing for] to the farm­ers. At the same time, they can help the farm­ers with the pro­duc­tion, how they can be able to come up with bet­ter qual­ity prod­ucts. The busi­ness match­ing will be a win­win sit­u­a­tion for the both of them,” said Ca­banda.

Two groups who are specif­i­cally in­ter­ested in cof­fee sup­plies will be com­ing to the event. These are the Green Trop­ics Cof­fee En­ter­prise from South Cota­bato and Ba­lu­takay Cof­fee Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, a women en­ter­prise from Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

The fa­mous pasalubong en­ter­prise Ched­ing’s Peanuts from Ili­gan City and Peanut Kisses from Bo­hol had also ex­pressed in­ter­est in meet­ing the peanut farmer ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the DAR-MinSAAD. Ac­cord­ing to Ca­banda both these peanut pasalubong com­pa­nies im­port about 90 per­cent of their peanut sup­plies and are cur­rently look­ing for high­qual­ity peanut sup­pli­ers. Another en­ter­prise from Isu­lan, Sul­tan Ku­darat, the Or­gan­ica Peanut But­ter will also be one of the buy­ers com­ing to the busi­ness match­ing.

In Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu in par­tic­u­lar, there are a to­tal of 23,000 hectares of land planted with peanuts by the T’bo­lis.

“With this en­counter [of the farm­ers] with the buy­ers, we are hop­ing the farm­ers will be hap­pier and more will plant peanuts,” said MinSAAD Agri­cul­ture, Agribusi­ness, and Agro­forestry (AAD) Com­po­nent Man­ager Alvin Obrique.

As for the rice/corn com­modi­ties, the Biotech Farms, the pro­ducer and sup­plier of KCC Koron­adal and Gen­eral Santos Su­per­mar­ket’s pro­duce, had also ex­pressed in­tent to at­tend the busi­ness match­ing. The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA)

Davao Re­gion will also be in­vited to pro­mote Bi­gas-Mais Blend which was first launched De­cem­ber of last year at Sasa Wharf.

“The rice and white corn combo is a health­ier choice for the rice-eat­ing Filipinos as corn con­tains higher amy­lose con­tent which makes it harder to gela­tinize and slower to digest…Bi­gas-Mais is just one of our strate­gies to quash our de­pen­dence on im­ported rice ev­ery time a short­fall in sup­ply sur­faces,” Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Manny Piñol said dur­ing the launch­ing.

Var­i­ous abaca buy­ers and pro­ces­sors such as Ching Bee Trad­ing Cor­po­ra­tion in Davao City, United Mali­gang Farm­ers Multi-Pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive of Ki­amba, Sarangani Prov­ince, and Newtech Pulp of Lanao del Norte are all look­ing for good qual­ity abaca sup­plies. These same com­pa­nies are also ex­pected to be at the busi­ness match­ing.

As for rub­bers, Obrique said they are con­tin­u­ally pro­mot­ing the mar­ket as the price fluc­tu­ates to­gether with cof­fees. The price of rub­bers cur­rently plays at around P22 to P26 per kilo. Rub­ber farm­ers will also be present as well dur­ing the busi­ness match­ing.

The MinSAAD’s Us­apang Kalakalan is tar­geted to show­case MinSAAD up­dates, ben­e­fi­ciary in­for­ma­tion, in­fra­struc­ture projects and mar­ket re­quire­ments on top of the busi­ness match­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. JPA

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