DATE to focus on ‘golden crops’

The upcoming Davao Agri-Trade Expo (DATE) 2018 will push for the propagation of the so-called golden crops that include cacao, coffee, coconut, corn, cassava, rice, banana, and bamboo.

“The reason why we included bamboo is because it is an emerging (plant) and it is very easy to grow and it can grow in the hinterlands,” said John Carlo Tria, event chair, during the weekly Wednesdays@Habi at Kape – Abreeza yesterday.

He said bamboo can be grown not only for other uses, but also for food and that this will help those in the hinterlands to earn income out of cultivating it.

He said these crops considered golden crops

because of their lifespan and that expanding them will allow Mindanao grow its economy.

He noted that in the last few years, the gross regional domestic products (GRDP) of key Mindanao regions exhibited growth and that to be able to sustain the growth is to ensure that agricultural production is maximized.

The growth has been attributed mainly to agriculture, fisheries and forestry. “There is potential for agriculture to create wealth is there,” Tria said, pointing out that since most of the poor in Mindanao rely on sustainable agriculture for livelihood and growing the sector will also result in higher income for these families.

The event, which opens on September 20, will also feature agriculture innovation conference that will provide the participants with how to use technology in increasing productivity.

Tria said the side event focus on innovations in agribusiness, agriculture tourism to include the new law on this, new program for exports and innovations in agriculture financing.

Another part of the event will be the discussion on food security and infrastructure which will delve into the programs of government on these issues.

Another key feature of the event is the discussion among the youth on agriculture and related issues.

But the event, he added, will also hold “business to business sessions between suppliers and producers,” a regular side event in the three-day expo which is on its 20th year this year.

Tria added that the event will also push for the propagation of the so-called golden crops that include cacao, coffee, coconut, corn, cassava, rice, banana, and bamboo.

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