Misor town hosts first agro fair
Misor town hosts first agro fair
By GERRY L. GORIT
MISAMIS Oriental — For the first time in Talisayan town and in the entire first congressional district here, a business forum and trade fair for the farmers of the province is being held this week.
The 1st East Misor Business Forum and Trade Fair opened Monday at the public plaza of Talisayan with a program graced by 1st District Rep. Peter M. Unabia, who is spearheading the event in partnership with the municipal government of Talisayan led by Mayor Catherine G. Ifurung and Vice Mayor Rommel C. Maslog.
Rep. Unabia, vice chairman of the committee on agriculture in Congress, said the event is being held in Talisayan because this town is in the center of the first congressional district of the province in between Magsaysay and Balingasag, and that the leadership of the municipal government has shown full support for the activity since it was planned some six months earlier.
He said Talisayan also has programs in line with his thrust for agricultural development such as organic farming.
The trade fair is open to the public and will run until Friday with several booths displaying the agricultural products of the farmers.
Talisayan Vice Mayor said the five-day event is focused on supporting the farmers with business matching sessions, distribution of farm equipment and several forums covering various production techniques.
Maslog said the muncipal government supported Rep. Unabia’s endeavor because the congressman knows the life of a farmer as he has been farmer himself. He added that there are also participants from the second congressional district of the province under Rep. Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano as well as from Davao and Camiguin.
Unabia and Maslog were joined in the opening program by the congressman’s wife Erlinda S. Unabia, his brother Eugene M. Unabia, his sister Marilyn U. Martinez who is visiting from the US, Talisayan Mayor Catherine G. Ifurung who delivered the welcome remarks, the municipal councilors, Ma. Romana U. Ababao of the COS National Office, local government officials from neighboring towns including Sugbongcogon Mayor Jerry Lagbas and Vice Mayor Mildred Lagbas, Salay Mayor Romeo Gue representatives from line agencies, other guests and visitors.
During the opening program, Congressman Unabia turned over checks to several beneficiaries of his livelihood program totalling P2.2-million. The financial assistance is for the projects of the Calubo Multi Purpose Coop, Membuli Multi Purpose Coop, Linabo Multi Purpose Coop, Built All Farmers Coop, Nammukao Multi Purpose Coop, Saray Farmers MP Coop, Kandiis Women’s Association, Salay Rural Folks Livelihood Women, Artadi Women’s Association, Salay Employees Cooperative, Agay-ayan Multi Purpose Coop, Mananum Bag-o Farmers Coop, Mapua Agrarian Reform MP Coop, Ritarian Food Processors, Talisayan Municipal Federation of PWDs, Lawi Planters Coop, Macopa Women’s Association, Lambu Cooperative, Balingoan Motorized Sikad Association and the Talisayan Municipal Employees Coop.
The participants in the trade fair will be vying for the best in booth award with the top three winning cash prizes. In addition, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will distribute seedlings to the municipalities.
According to Ms. Virgelia F. “Bebeng” Dumadag and Paquito Chavez of the office of Rep. Unabia, raffle prizes will be given to the farmers courtesy of the congressman and will include farm implements, pigs, goats, cattle and chicken.
The business forums will tackle packaging and labelling, visual merchandising, negotiation techniques, business licensing, financing programs, organic agriculture, banana production and processing, rubber production, milk production, cassava production and processing, vegetable production, coffee production, coconut processing and abaca production.
In addition, there will be seminars on protection, development and rehabilitation of mangroves, and bamboo production and processing.