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Organic festival exhibitors
post P2 million in earnings

The exhibitors at the 7th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival generated about P2 million in sales at the three-day trade fair at the Provincial Capitol grounds at Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City, Josephine Fernandez, exhibit committee chair, said yesterday.

Fernandez said 109 exhibitors participated in the fair that ended Saturday.

Cadiz City with their preserved products had the highest sales at P91,650, she said.

Don Salvador Benedicto with its agricultural products and fresh fruits generated P85,976, while the Provincial Environment Management Office of Negros Occidental earned P33,307 from the products of its Integrated Social Forestry members.

Other top sellers were the Technology and Livelihood Development Center with P32,800 and Kara’s Angel with P32,700. TLDC sells processed foods from the assisted local producers of Negros, while Kara’s Angel sells fruits, humus, and seeds, she said.

Fernandez also said that exhibitors had various agricultural and organic products that showed the development of the organic movement in Negros Occidental.

Trade fairs and exhibits give small farmers the opportunity to meet customers and businessmen who are willing to buy their products at farm gate prices without dealing with middlemen, she said. *LTG

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