Feature: Something new on this year's Mindanao Food Congress
by Prix D Banzon
Davao City (20 April) -- There is a deviation from the previous food congresses held in the island as the 6th Mindanao Food Congress will be held in July 18 to 19, 2007 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City.
This was disclosed by Sebastian Angliongto, chairman emeritus of the Mindanao Business Council (MinBC) in an interview after the Launching of the 6th Mindanao Food Congress and Unveiling of the Mindanao Food Congress Logo at the conference room of the Mindanao Economic and Development Council (Medco) on April 19, 2007.
Angliongto said resolutions of the past congresses will be reviewed and will come up with new ones which will be presented for possible government intervention and private sector participation.
He cited for instance that the manufacture of feeds is covered by several policies because sourcing ingredients included imported products whi4ch carries tariff rules and regulations.
This he said is one aspect that needs to be looked into especially in coordination with the Department of Finance.
Another he said is in the fruit industry where produce of farmers for instance on mango does not have uniformity subsequently the product would be difficult to negotiate access to foreign marked when the produce does not meet international standards.
A product of the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Angliongto cited that there has to be uniformity of planting stocks and nursery operators must pass accreditation to ensure that planting materials pass the standards.
"This kind of steps needs to be address so that produce are of quality standards. As much as possible our agricultural products are done correctly from the time they are planted," he said.
He also said there is need to focus on market maturity and this includes market exposure of the producers.
Meanwhile Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assistant regional director Marizon Lotero in a separate interview said the congress now will adopt the reverse exhibit where big companies will be the ones manning the booth and the producers to scout from the among the exhibitors their operation requirements.
She said this has been an effective mechanism as producers really finds a market.
Angliongto said this year's event will have several sectors rallying together coming from both government and the private sector.
Among the cooperators aside from MinBC and Medco are Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism Davao City government, Davao City Investment and Promotion Center, Food Processors Association of Davao City, Davao Hograisers Association, MinFruit, and the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PIA XI) [top]