DTI opens OTOP hub in Iligan

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Manny Piñol has visited DA’s Sorghum demonstration farm in San Vicente, Makilala, North Cotabato.

"What I saw really impressed and inspired me. At one month and one week, the Sorghums were growing vigorously and in about a week, the panicles are expected to show followed by the flowering stage," he said.

Piñol added that at end of February this year, the 6-hectare pilot farm could be harvested.

"The DA has introduced sorghum in the different regions of the country as it develops new sources of feed grains for the growing livestock and poultry industry of the country," he added.

Corn production has been very low making it very expensive forcing feed millers to import feed wheat.

Sorghum has a higher protein content than corn and could grow well in marginal areas requiring less water and rainfall.

"With one harvest, a farmer could harvest his Sorghum field three times because of rationing, making it cheaper to produce," Piñol added.

By 2019, the targets 100,000 hectares for sorghum planting, in Ancestral Domain Areas of the Indigenous People. ILIGAN CITY—Paving opportunities for Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) entrepreneurs is the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) launching of One Town, One Product Philippines (OTOP.Ph) Hub in Iligan City to push quality products and services rooted in local culture into the market.

Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga, Regional Operations Group (ROG) DTI Central Office, led the ceremonial lighting and unveiling of the hub together with DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao and Provincial Director Ruel Paclipan of DTI-Iligan/Lanao del Norte.

“Our target is for every province to have an OTOP.Ph Hub, so that we can have an exchange of product from one province to another, and balikbayans or travelers will have a one-stop shop where they could easily buy locally-made goods,” said Du-Naga.

Through OTOP.Ph Hubs, DTI and Local Government Units (LGUs) with private partners and associations/cooperatives embarked on transforming pasalubong centers and souvenir shops all over the country as a market access platform for mainstream consumers and buyers.

Through DTI, OTOPreneurs underwent product evaluation, business training, product development, brand mentoring, and other customized interventions to transform their business and products as top market competitors.

It also opened the opportunity for local laborers to impart their best craftsmanship and produce their known delicacies that is in line with market standards.

“You will be surprised on how great our local products are. As hub operators, we are overwhelmed with happiness because this became a win-win situation for us. Aside from the government who assisted us to operate, they also extended their helping hand to encourage local MSMEs in doing business as producers, generate income and give employment opportunities," said hub operator, PO3 Marc Claro said.

Non-food products are also for sale at the hub including those made by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

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