LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Department of Agriculture (DA)-Cordillera Administrative Region engaged farmers from the different provinces of the region to showcase their products through the regular Agri Trade Fair during the celebration of the 37th Founding Anniversary of the Maharlika Livelihood Complex (MLC) with the theme “Maharlika @ 37: Stronger and Growing Together.”
The week long anniversary celebration will be held on August 14-19, 2017 at the rooftop of the Maharlika Livelihood Complex at the Baguio central business district.
Organic farmer organizations in the region were invited to showcase their chemical-free products at their own price.
The products showcased include dragon fruit from Kapangan, Benguet and Mountain Province; heirloom rice, LaTOP MPC organic vegetables and processed products, Tublay Agri-Based League of Entrepreneurs Cooperative organic vegetables and mushrooms, Brgy. Labilab Organic Farmers Association organic vegetables and eggs, Atok Arabica Coffee Growers Marketing Cooperative, Kalinga Coffee, Suka Watwat Gourmet Vinegar products, Sagada etag, and much more.
Honorable Leandro Yangot Jr., Committee Chairperson on Market, Trade, Commerce and Agriculture, emphasized that the partnership between the public and private groups should continue and he invites everybody to patronize the products of the farmers.
Mr. Rafael Tallocoy of the office of the City Mayor, explained the relevance of the activity. “This activity manifests the partnership among the groups like those of you who came all the way from the different provinces in the Cordillera. We thank you for your eagerness in promoting your products and we hope that this program will continue so that you will continue to promote your products not only in the Philippines but perhaps, even abroad particularly the Unoy rice and we wish you all to have brisk sales for your products,” he stressed.
Dr. Lorenzo M. Caranguian, DA Regional Executive Director, in his message, extends his support to the Maharlika Complex to whatever plans they have in the future.”Maharlika is already strong but the plan is getting stronger beyond 37,” he said.
Also, he highlighted the DA’s strong support to the city by conducting trainings and seminars regarding urban gardening or container gardening.
By Leny Mendoza