By Joe Palabao
The Oil Palm Industry of the Philippines has announced early this week, the holding of the 7th National Palm Oil Congress is slated this coming August 25-26, 2011 at the JC Complex, National Highway, Purok 4 Kidapawan City, North Cotabato.
One of the organizers of the event, the Philippine Palmoil Development Council, Inc., (PPDCI), has already sent invitations to all key players, such as palm oil growers and outgrowers, financing institutions, and palm oil companies of Mindanao, to join the congress. It reiterated that the activity, which is held annually, is aimed to sustain the continuous growth of the industry.
This year’s theme of the confab is “Go Green: Promote Economic Prosperity & Overcome Poverty thru Oil Palm Farming.”
The organizers pointed out that some important parts of the event will include sessions where the participants will have a glimpse of the Oil Palm Industry Updates & Programs; updates and current programs of the Philippine Palmoil Development Council, Inc (PPDCI); and status of the RP OP Industry.
Another feature presentation is the development of Palm Oil & Lauric Oil in the domestic market; and discussions on the palm oil updates in the Global Market (Asia-Pacific).
There will be sessions too on Development Initiatives, Trends and Prospects; MinDa’s Development Initiatives in Relation to Oil Palm; Comparative Advantage of Oil Palm Farming Over Other Vegetable Oil & High Value Crops; Sustainable Peace & Economic Stability with Oil Palms.
Scheduled sessions on: OP Pest, Diseases & Other Concerns PCA’s Role in the Palm Oil Industry Development; Oil Palm Nutrition & Fertilizer Management; Sustainable Organic Farming; Creating Wealth by Proper OP Waste Management; Increasing Yield thru Slow Release Fertilizer, will be also undertaken.
The participants and delegates will be treated to a Fellowship Dinner (Mayor’s Night) and on the second day (August 26).
The Congress will discuss more on Oil Palm Financing and the initiatives of local government units on Oil Palm Programs for Region 10, the provinces of Maguindanao, and North Cotabato, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the Mindanao Development Authority, and Land Bank of the Philippines.
During the Closing Session, the delegates will present the Congress’ resolution for the continuing progress and growth of the industry.
(For more information or reservation, please contact the Secretariat Office: PHILIPPINE PALMOIL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, INC., (PPDCI) 2ND Flr. Quality Appliance Bldg., Tacurong City c/o DTI-Sultan Kudarat Provincial Office-Telefax No. (064) 200-6542; email: ppdci@yahoo,.com.ph)