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AgriLink the Year that was…

Last year, theAgrilink organizers focused on the role of agribusiness in the development of the ASEAN region. Its theme, “Agribusiness Clusters: Key to Competitiveness with the ASEAN” focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the agribusiness community, particularly the lowering of tariffs and inter regional trade in goods and services. The organizing committee chose Mr. Joaquin Lu, President of SOCSKSARGEN Federation of Fishing & Allied Industries, Inc. as the overall Chairman of the event since his expertise in fisheries helped in formulating a promotions campaign and a lineup of seminars which is significant to improving productivity and reducing postharvest losses in the fishing industry.

A total of 367 companies occupying 464 indoor and retail booths joined the exhibition. This translates to an indoor exhibit area of 8,100 square meters for the main exhibition, 1,950 square meters for the retail area and 4,000 square meters for the outdoor exhibit. While most were local companies, there were also 258 square meters occupied by foreign companies from 9 countries led by France, China, Korea, Thailand, USA, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark.

There were four pavilions: the Korea Pavilions at the main exhibit area and PHILFOODEX, OPTA and AANI Pavilions in the retail area. Just like in the previous years, the Department of Agriculture had 30 regional booths and BFAR had 12 booths.

Total number of registered visitors was 25,000 over a three-day period, with an estimated 5% of first-day visitors who came back on the second and third days.