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BAR, CLSU participate in DA-led Philippine Harvest Trade Fair

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The Department of Agriculture, in partnership with Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and Central Square, organized the third leg of the Philippine Harvest Trade Fair from 14 to 16 October 2016 in Central Square, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Dubbed as Organic, Artisinal, Natural and Indigenous Agri Food Fair, the event aimed to showcase the country's local and natural products, and to give importance to the farmers and their local produce. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol expressed his support to agricultural entrepreneurs and the promotion of Philippine products, which according to him, are truly world-class.

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"Participants [of the trade fair] are farmers who grow the produce themselves and local entrepreneurs who buy from these small farmers.A lot of farmers and local entrepreneurs like participating because the more they know that there are good and quality local ingredients, the more they are encouraged to plant. This encourages our consumers to support and buy local produce, thus helping our farmers," Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

Now on its third leg, she added that 'We were supposed to have it only once, but we found out that many of those who came to visit were surprised of the good quality of our local produce.'

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) is one of the 43 invited exhibitors and showcased its funded-project on tilapia, specifically tilapia ice cream and other product lines developed by one of its partners, Central Luzon State University. Tilapia ice cream won the Innovation Gold Award during the Salon International de L’Agroalimentaire (SIAL) ASEAN Manila 2016 held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, Manila.

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BAR recognizes the importance of participating in trade shows and exhibitions that serve as a venue to promote generated technologies and developed products by its partner R&D institutions, as well as to facilitate market linkages.

Other showcased products during the three-day fair include heirloom and organic rice; herbs, spices and sauces; organic vegetables; bee and other wellness products; mushroom; coffee; juices, tea and wines from indigenous fruits; dairy products among others. ### (Ma. Eloisa H. Aquino, DA-BAR, Applied Communication Division)