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Agrarian trade fair opens

The Department of Agrarian Reform-South Negros yesterday opened the four-day Agrario Trade Fair displaying the products of agrarian reform beneficiaries at Rosario Street, Bacolod City.

South Negros-Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer said the trade fair is part of the celebration of the anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms and it is the first in the country.

Ronald Gareza, chief agrarian reform program officer, said that the Provincial CARP Implementing Team plans to come up with a marketing center in Bacolod City or at any strategic place to display and sell the products of the ARBs.

He said their ARBs have products to sell but they have concerns with the marketing, adding that the trade fair will help them get buyers and clients.

Marcy Ballesteros, head executive assistant of DAR Support Services Office in Manila, said that Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes want to decentralize and localize more the agrarian trade faird to create more economic activities in rural areas.

The trade fair is led by the PCIT and in partnership with the Negros Organic Rice Industry Association, and the Negros Organic Vegetable Industry Association, the departments of Trade and Industry, Environment and Natural Resources, Public Works and Highways, Land Bank of the Philippines, Sugar Regulatory Administration, Technology and Livelihood Development Center, Provincial Agriculturist Office, Provincial Veterinary Office, Provincial Environment Management Office, and DAR.

DAR-South officials are inviting people to visit their trade fair until Friday that features food products, bags, accessories, organic vegetables and rice products of their ARB’s. *LTG

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