The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will conduct the first fishery-based industry forum for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) at Agrilink Foodlink and Aqualink 2015, the country’s largest and internationally recognized trade exhibit in agriculture, food and aquaculture, slated October 15–17 at the World Trade Center, Manila.
Agrilink 2015’s theme for this year will highlight regional agribusiness development as an effective approach in enhancing focus on complimentary agricultural crops and agribusiness activities, which in turn improves the efficiency of value adding and supply chain, and ultimately the competitiveness of the region and collectively of the country. Agrilink will also focus on the corn sector, underscoring the importance of the crop towards food and feed security. The triple exhibit will also focus on Cagayan Valley (Region 2), the country’s top producer of corn.
BFAR’s industry forum aims to focus its discussions on three (3) major concepts: KAUGNAY AKO, which relates to the connection with various fishery-based MSMEs, the cultivation of established business partnerships and, creation of new ones; KABALIKAT KAMI, which tackles the interplay of government credit and marketing assistance services; and KAYA NATIN, which shares learning from experienced industry leaders about the latest marketing and promotion advancements and business strategies that can help MSMEs increase efficiency, productivity and profitability.
The said activity is expected to address recurring challenges and setbacks MSMEs experience in the face of tough market competition, lack of access to market, high cost of accessing raw materials, insufficient financial support, and underdeveloped skills and technology among others.
“We recognize the role of MSME’s in developing the Philippine economy. As they stem from the grassroots, we see the need to empower them as we combat problems caused by poverty. This is also in compliance with the mandate of BFAR to provide market access for Philippine seafood products in the international market through the strengthening of our local products,” said Atty. Asis Perez, BFAR Director and concurrent Undersecretary for Fisheries.
Another activity to be organized by BFAR is ForEUm, or “For EU market.” It is a fishery business forum and conference that inclines towards the discussion and unveiling of business growth potentials for the Philippines as a major exporter of fishery products to the European market.
Aside from conducting free seminars, BFAR will also have a market and business matching of buyers and suppliers at Agrilink 2015. The agency will also showcase its Seafood Village, where various seafood and aquatic products in the country will be displayed. Majority of the exhibitors are MSMEs from the different regions nationwide.
The triple exhibit is also supported by the DA’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service, Bureau of Agricultural Research, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization and 30 major Philippine agribusiness and food associations. The event is also in cooperation with FIT Corea, the Philippine representative of Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative, with support from UNAHCO, Inoza Industries, Next Tech Resources and Belmont Agricorp.
Agrilink 2015 will bring together local and international suppliers and exhibitors, showcasing the latest innovations that will improve the value chain, productivity and sustainability of the interconnected industries of food, agriculture and aquaculture.