Friday, August 31, 2012

300 players expected in Mindanao livestock poultry, agri confab

SOME 300 players from across the country are expected to participate in the Mindanao Livestock Poultry and Agriculture Congress in Davao City from October 25 to 27.

The three-day congress is one of the events that will highlight the Davao Trade Expo (Date) to be held also on the same date at the 4,000-seater SMX Convention Center of the SM Lanang Premier, which will open late next month.

Kathy Klye Tupas, media relations officer of the organizing Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII), said the congress will include technical seminar for continued capability building for producers and backyard hog raisers of Mindanao.

Tupas said an agri-trade fair will also highlight the symposium with a total of 90 industry players in Mindanao who will participate in the exhibit that is already 70 percent occupied. The gathering will also discuss the current condition of the industry in Mindanao.

DCCCII vice president for Agriculture Wilfred Teves earlier said that Mindanao is a net exporter of food, especially hogs, poultry and aqua products to Metro Manila, Samar, Leyte and Cebu City.

Teves said local markets have a strong demand for these products and that there's a huge potential of sustaining this demand further.

He also suggested exporting local products to reach more prospect international markets, considering the vast market demand outside the country.

During the congress, local suppliers of poultry, hogs, and aqua products can also expect a business matching opportunity in a buyers and sellers exchange where several prospect buyers will participate to look at those products viable for export.