DA to hold free sem­i­nars at Agrilink 2017

The Philippine Star - - BUSINESS -

The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) and its at­tached agen­cies will be hold­ing free sem­i­nars, tech­ni­cal work­shops and demos, in­vest­ment fo­rum, and busi­ness-to-busi­ness (B2B) sem­i­nars at Agrilink Foodlink Aqualink 2017.

The coun­try’s premier trade ex­hibit on agri­cul­ture, food and aqua­cul­ture, will be held on Oct. 5 to 7 at the World Trade Cen­ter.

On Oct. 5, se­nior sci­ence re­search spe­cial­ist Wilmer Fay­lon of the Bu­reau of Agri­cul­tural Re­search (BAR) will hold a sem­i­nar on pro­duc­tion sys­tems and meat pro­cess­ing of or­gan­i­cally grown na­tive pig.

The sem­i­nar is BAR-funded project and the re­sult of re­search and de­vel­op­ment from the DA’s Re­gional Field Of­fice IV. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the nu­tri­tional fac­tors de­rived from na­tive an­i­mals and us­ing lo­cal or­ganic herbs and spices will high­light the dis­tinct fla­vor and taste as well as nu­tri­tional value of the meat, which will help ap­peal to the health-con­scious con­sumer.

On the same day, the Bu­reau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources (BFAR) will con­duct its 4th fish­ery busi­ness fo­rum and con­fer­ence, which will high­light the busi­ness growth po­ten­tials of the coun­try as ma­jor ex­porter of fish­ery prod­ucts to Euro­pean and East Asian mar­kets.

BFAR will also present the new ini­tia­tives and pro­grams for the fish­eries and aqua­cul­ture sec­tors, and will also have a mar­ket and busi­ness match­ing of buy­ers and sup­pli­ers. It will also show­case its seafood vil­lage pavil­ion where mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prises from dif­fer­ent re­gions across the coun­try dis­play var­i­ous seafood prod­ucts.

On Oct. 6, the Philip­pine Cen­ter for Posthar­vest De­vel­op­ment and Mech­a­niza­tion (PhilMech) will un­veil its lat­est in­no­va­tions in ca­cao, the main in­gre­di­ent for choco­lates and other con­fec­tionar­ies. These in­no­va­tions in­clude post-har­vest tech­nolo­gies that farm­ers and stake­hold­ers can uti­lize to pro­long the shelflife of ca­cao beans, min­i­mize wastage dur­ing its har­vest and im­prove its qual­ity as an ex­ported prod­uct.

PhilMech will also con­duct train­ings that will help mit­i­gate ca­cao dis­eases through the use of en­vi­ron­ment-friendly mi­cro­bials. It will also demon­strate how ca­cao pod husks can be used as fuel.

From Oct. 6 to 7, the DA will have an agribusi­ness in­vest­ment fo­rum on pili nut, goat rais­ing, drag­on­fruit, black pep­per and ca­cao. It holds in­vest­ment fo­rums through­out the coun­try and abroad to pro­mote op­por­tu­ni­ties in Philip­pine agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties.

Its in­vest­ment fo­rums will fea­ture the lat­est mar­ket in­for­ma­tion to help farm­ers and fish­er­folk en­hance their en­tre­pre­neur­ial ca­pa­bil­i­ties. It will in­clude tech­ni­cal sem­i­nars on pro­duc­tion and man­age­ment of pili nut, a high-value crop. The fo­rum will also show the ap­pli­ca­tion of dou­ble root­stock on grafted pili nut to im­prove pro­duc­tion.

The DA will also show the prof­itabil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity in goat rais­ing. Drag­on­fruit, a pri­or­ity com­mod­ity un­der the DA’s Philip­pine Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Project (DA-PRDP) due to its eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity, will also be dis­cussed. The fo­rum will also pro­vide in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in black pep­per and ca­cao, both of which have high ex­port value and are now be­ing cul­ti­vated and pro­cessed in re­gions such as Davao.

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