SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Office 6 recently conducted ASPIRE, a regional agri-aqua trade fair, and Pasundayag Bazaar 2022 at Robinsons Place Antique, here.
ASPIRE, which stands for Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in the Regional Expo, was attended by business owners and organizations from Aklan, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental and host province Antique.
It intends to promote and market regional products from both agri- and aquaculture sectors, establish rapport for a wider clientele, and empower farmers and fisherfolks who serve as the backbone of food security in the country.
The Pasundayag Bazaar then enabled visitors and mall-goers to explore the wide variety of regional products offered by Aklan Mushroom Grower’s Association, Anita’s, Antique Producers, the Municipality of San Jose, Antique, Guimaras Herbal Growers Association,
Guimaras Mango Growers Association, Sunbursts Balay Tablea, Glena Dee Health and Beauty Products, Satoca Arc, RIC Negros, and guest exhibitor Moonlight Handicrafts among others.
In an interview, Francia Tongol of Francia Handicrafts Manufacturing said that this event was a leap for her business by providing a venue to market her Patadyong-accented garments.
Further, Negosyo Center Belison Counselor Aaron Basanes shared that Belison Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC), another participating body to the fair, is capable of producing up to 60 liters of dairy a day from home-raised cows through the Shared Service Facility (SSF) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
This enables them to manufacture flavored milk drinks and ice cream which he hopes to reach farther masses soon.
Meanwhile, special awards were given to exemplary products and outstanding exhibitors.
he “Best Booth” award was presented to Aklan, “Trendiest and Most Innovative Product” award for Negros Occidental’s "Keto Chocolate", and “Most Promising Product” for Iloilo’s “Tablerine.”
Guimaras, on the other hand, earned the largest sales amounting to P70,302 during the 5-day fair from April 29 to May 3.
Together with DA in this collaborative effort are the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the House of Representatives, the Municipality of San Jose, and the Provincial Government of Antique. (AAL/BPS/UA Interns/PIA Antique)