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DA-10 backs 2022 Mindanao food congress, Oro best expo

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)--The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-FO)-10 through Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, has expressed its support to the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber) in staging the 2022 Mindanao Food Congress and Oro Best Expo in this city, October 26-30, 2022.

In a meeting with the DA-RFO 10 Management, June 29, Ruben Vegafria, regional director of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented the rationale and objectives of the congress and expo.

Vegafria said the Oro Chamber partners with the Embassy of India in organizing the Mindanao Food Congress and Oro Best Expo this year.

The activity aims to gather Mindanao’s agri-fishery and food industry stakeholders in one venue to forge ways forward in transforming, improving and sustaining Mindanao’s food supply chain amid the continuing adversities of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine War.

For his part, Collado commits to helping Oro Chamber invite esteemed resource persons for the congress and urges DA-assisted Farmer Associations/Cooperatives and partners to be among the expo’s exhibitors.

The Oro Best Expo will feature the best food and agricultural products and services in the food sector, enabling micro, small and medium-scale enterprises in the region to forge future business partnerships and expand their market reach.

Participants of the 2022 Mindanao Food Congress will be attending plenary sessions to explore product and service innovation strategies and learn about government programs and legislation imperative to grow their businesses.

Meanwhile, as a future DA RFO 10-Oro Chamber collaboration, the two entities agreed to look into possible opportunities to further expand the partnership forged by the former with local and foreign partners.

Particularly, the Oro Chamber is eyeing to explore further economic opportunities with AgriGlobal Ventures Food, Inc., a Makati City-based company linked by the DA-RFO 10 to the Lantapan Vegetable Farmers Marketing Cooperative (LVFMC) for the supply of fruits and vegetables; Daesang Philippines, Corp., a Korean food processing company buying fresh cassava tubers form the region’s cassava growers, as well as the Korean-funded Smart Greenhouse Project of the DA-RFO 10 for Strawberry, Cherry Tomato and Potato production. (DA-10/PIA-10)

In a recent meeting, DA-10 expresses its support to the Oro Chamber for the forthcoming conduct of the 2022 Mindanao Food Congress and Oro Best Expo, to be held in October 2022. (DA-10)

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