By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture – Negros Island Region (DA-NIR) announced that the newly created region will be highlighted in this year’s AgriLink trade fair on October 6 to 8 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
DA-NIR Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division Officer Bernard Limbaga said that this is the biggest trade exhibit of agriculture products in the entire country.
In a press briefing recently, Limbaga disclosed that the AgriLink annually gives focus to a specific region and for this year, they are highlighting NIR with the theme “Negros Island: A model of Agribusiness Resiliency.”
The DA official explained that the organizers chose to give special importance to NIR because of its potential as an agribusiness hub, abundance of natural resources, climate conducive for agricultural production, entrepreneurial flair of Negrenses, involvement of farmers in value adding activities and growing agri-tourism industry.
Negros Island is also the fourth largest island in the country.
Limbaga presented to the members of the press the design of the NIR booth for the trade exhibition.
The NIR booth has a total of 24 square meters of space which will be shared equally by the two Negros provinces occupying 12 square meters respectively.
Each booth will have a space where the two provinces can display their agricultural products and another space for small business matching meetings.
A view of the sugarcane plantation can be seen as the backdrop of the Negros Occidental booth while the picturesque scenery of Mt. Kanlaon and Apo Island will be hoisted as backdrop at booth of Negros Oriental.
Limbaga shared that this is a welcome development in the region’s agriculture industry.
“This is a big help to our farmers and livestock farmers in endorsing their products to the rest of the world. We will bring the best product of Negros Oriental,” Limbaga said.
Meanwhile, Limbaga also reported that for 2017, the DA-NIR has been given a budget of P428.419 million for its different programs and projects.
For their programs on rice development, DA-NIR has set aside P98.89 million with P47.24 million for its programs on corn, P46.638 million for their programs on High Value Crops, P16.862 million for livestock programs, P7 million for their organic agriculture program, P3.9 million for their Agri-Marketing Assistance program, P9 million for their regulatory programs and P211.333 million for its integrated laboratory programs.
Limbaga said the amount is cascaded to DA Region 7 and Region 6 offices. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Sept. 19, 2016)