DA to hold free seminars at Agrilink 2017
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.