Davao hosts organic, natural food expo

To promote Mindanao’s organic and natural food products, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will hold a Mindanowide Organic and Natural Expo or ONE Mindanao on March 17-18 at SMX, Davao City.

The event which coincides with Araw ng Davao celebration will feature Mindanao’s organic and natural food products and ingredients, as well as indigenous fibers and weaves from food producers, processors and entrepreneurs from all over Mindanao.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to grace the opening of the event on March 17.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said ONE Mindanao serves as a prelude to the island-wide organic and natural expo for Visayas in 2019 and Luzon in 2020, designed to raise public awareness about the benefits and availability of natural and organic products in the market.

“Mindanao, being the country’s second biggest island region, has a lot to offer when it comes to traditional and organic food production. Through ONE Mindanao, we aim to facilitate trade between the farmers, consumers, and institutional buyers of organic products, among others,” Piñol said.

“One of our strategies is by highlighting organic agriculture as an ecologically-sound food production practice and organically-grown products as healthy food both for the farmers themselves and the consumers,” he added.

The DA chief said the event will also highlight the national organic agriculture program and the services of DA being the lead implementing agency of the country’s Organic Agriculture Act.

It will be open to the public during mall hours.

Among the fresh and processed organic products to be promoted during the three-day exposition are vegetables, fresh fruits, spices and herbs, colored rice, natural sweeteners, local artisan chocolates, and single-origin local coffee. Also to be sold are natural butter and dairy products, and marine and fishery products caught using sustainable methods.

There will also be a special focus on the rich cultural heritage of the various tribes and indigenous peoples of Mindanao expressed through their natural and traditional fibers and weaves. It includes Yakan weaves from Zamboanga Peninsula (Basilan), Mindanao silk from Northern Mindanao (Misamis Oriental), and Inaul weaves from Maguindanao. | DA-RAFIS11