December 05, 2016 12:10 AM

THE Panay Organic Producers Association (POPA) Agriventures, Inc. invited key resource persons from the Department of Trade and Industry to discuss investment prospects and international markets during the 1st Agri-Aqua Investment Forum at the Diversion 21 Hotel on Nov. 9-10, 2016.

Themed “Grow Western Visayas: Accelerating Investments for Global Markets,” speakers from Board of Investments (BOI) and Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) graced the event on day two.

BOI OIC-chief Ellorence Cruz discussed the investment prospects and incentives for agri-business projects while Senen Briones, EMB Emerging Products Division Senior Trade and Industry Development specialist, talked on the potentials of international markets.

The forum aimed to bring together national and international entrepreneurs who would be willing to invest in agricultural production in Iloilo and its neighboring provinces, specifically on the following commodities: cacao, coffee, fruits and vegetables, livestock, poultry, swine, farmed seafoods, and aromatic/specialty rice.

As a partner, DTI-6 regional office facilitated a product exhibit at the venue during the two-day activity.

Exhibit participants included Rosary Herbal Products, El Jardin, G and G Ornamental Plants Enterprises, Einars Natural Food Export, Sunburst Balay Tablea, ALDI Foods, and Brendan’s.

The exhibit generated P19,134 in sales.

POPA partnered with the DTI, Iloilo Provincial Government, Department of Tourism, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Agriculture and Iloilo Economic Development Foundation for the activity.