Agriculture main focus in Date 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

AGRICULTURE will be the main focus as the Davao Trade Expo (Date) 2013 unwraps at the SMX Davao Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier on October 17 to 19.

Date 2013 chairperson Arch. Agatha Salanatin-Valencia said, “Agriculture is the key here in Davao and Mindanao.”

Valencia, during Club 888 forum at The Marco Polo Hotel on Wednesday, said that they hope to create awareness and interest on the importance of agriculture in Mindanao and also to empower local farmers through the event.

This year’s theme is “Empowering the farmer: engage, enable, excite.”

Valencia said they would like to promote the agri-business of local farmers, adding the event will also feature agricultural lectures to benefit those in the industry.

In this year’s expo, Date 2013 will highlight the five golden crops: cassava, corn, coffee, cacao, and coconut.

“We will feature these crops since they can be intercropped to others,” said John Carlo B. Tria, Date 2013 events and programs head. He added that this will help raise the income of farmers.

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. trustee Luciano Frederick Puyod III, for his part, said they want to look beyond the traditional crops — like banana and pineapple — that are being sent out to the market, thus the push on the five golden crops.

Puyod also said they are pushing the five crops since they are the ones commonly used by local farmers and it is time to uplift them by creating a bigger market for them.

There will also be lectures that are aimed to educate, promote, and empower farmers to go into entrepreneurship.

“By the end of the day, they (farmers) will be pushed and excited to go into entrepreneurship. We are also encouraging them to showcase their products since we also invited buyers to come to the event,” Valencia said.

Organizers are expecting that the event will generate at least P100 million in sales. The event will gather some 200 exhibitors, 7,000 visitors, and 1,000 conference delegates.

Last year, the event featured a total of 176 exhibitors visited by 7,149 trade-visitors and 687 congress delegates. It then generated a total of P233,439,967 in sales.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 12, 2013.DATE2013logo

P100M in sales eyed in 15th Date

ORGANIZERS of the 15th Davao Trade Expo (Date), the biggest agribusiness expo in Mindanao, are expecting at least P100 million in sales.

This year’s gathering of industry players in agriculture will converge a total of 200 exhibitors, 7,000 trade visitors, and 1,000 conference delegates coming all over the Philippines.

The expo, dubbed as “Empowering the farmer: Engage. Enable. Excite,” which will run from October 17 to 19 at the SMX Convention Center Davao, will highlight five agricultural crops such as cacao, coconut, coffee, corn and cassava.

“These golden crops are quite in demand nowadays not only in the local scene but also in the international market,” the briefer said.

However, the current production levels of those crops are quite inadequate despite each crop’s high marketability whether for local or for export markets.

“With Date 2013, opportunities to generate awareness, productivity enhancement to meet global requirements and for sufficiency is getting a lot of interest,” it added.

Date 2013 will be comprised of agri-trade exhibition, business matching, networking night, and culinary competition.

International speakers and specialists will be expected to take part in the three-day event to share with local players updates on agricultural standards and best practices in agriculture.

It added that trade expo will seek to resolve socio-political issues affecting the agriculture sector today.

It can be recalled that last year’s holding of 14th Date highlighted livestock, poultry, and aquaculture, in which Mindanao is a net exporter, supplying Manila, Samar, Leyte, and Cebu.

A total of 176 exhibitors were gathered during the trade expo in 2012 where a total of P233,439,967 in sales were recorded.

Also, a total of 7,149 trade visitors and 687 congress delegates were recorded during the trade expo in 2012.

In 15th Date, among the key discussions will include the industry roadmap, innovations, market opportunity, sufficiency and sustainability.

By Antonio L. Colina IV


Davao chamber to embark on 3-country trade mission

DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industries Inc. (DCCCII) is now finalizing its three-country trade mission in May 2013, an official said.

During the 3rd General Membership Meeting on Friday at the Apo View Hotel Davao, DCCCII president Daniel Lim, in his speech, said they are all set to conduct a five-day trade mission to Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia on May 27 to 31.

No less than the immediate past president and now the chamber’s vice president for trade and commerce Dr. Maria Lourdes Monteverde is the frontrunner of the trade mission.

Lim urged the business sector coming from the agriculture, academe, developers, and exporters to join activity in a bid to promote the different industries in Davao City.

He also said that among the big events that the DCCCII will be organizing this year are the Davao Trade Expo (Date) 2013 and the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference (Minbizcon).

“This year’s anticipaed Davao Trade Expo will feature the C’s in agriculture — corn, coconut, cacao, cassava, cardava, and camote (sweet potato),” he said.

The Date 2013 will be spearheaded by the chamber’s vice president for professional and service ventures Angga Salanatin and vice president for agriculture Wilfred Teves.

Last year’s 14th Date was held on October 25 to 27 at the SMX Lanang Premier, where several activities such as agri-trade exhibition, technical seminars, Agri-Culinary Competition, Mindanao Livestock, Poultry and Aquaculture Congress, buyers-sellers exhange, and agri-culinary competition.

The 14th Date also drew about 200 exhibitors, 7,000 trade visitors and buyers, and over a thousand congress delegates.

Lim announced earlier the city’s hosting for the 22nd Minbizcon, a gathering of business leaders, members of chambers of commerce, government policy makers, investors, and foreign trading partners, in August 2013.

Around 800 to 1,000 delegates participants from different parts of Mindanao are expected to converge in the city to participate in the event.

Source: Sun Star Davao

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