June 24, 2024

Agri-business products of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from the different provinces of the Cordillera were showcased at the Kordillera Negosyo Agraryo Trade Fair at the SM City Baguio Atrium.

A joint project of the regional offices of the departments of Agrarian Reform, Trade and Industry, and Science and Technology, the trade fair featured bamboo crafts, cacao by-products, coffee, processed food and nuts, wearables, homestyle, and other agri-business products.

The products are the outcomes of the DAR-DTI-DOST Synchronization Project, which started in 2017 to help ARBs and organizations develop their agri-business products and their entrepreneurial skills.

DAR-Cordillera Director Samuel Solomero said the project is part of the government’s continuing effort to help ARBs and agrarian reform communities.

“With the recent signing of the New Agrarian Emancipation Act by his Excellency President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., ARBs have been freed from the burdensome debts associated with land ownership. This significant development brings a renewed sense of hope and paves the way for the increased success and growth of our beloved ARBs.

“To fortify their journey towards success, DAR collaborates closely with key stakeholders such as the DTI and the DOST. By combining the expertise and resources of these agencies, we create an enabling environment for our farmer-beneficiaries-turned ‘CARPreneurs’ to thrive and succeed,” he said. 

The Kordilyera Negosyo Agraryo Trade Fair is an opportunity to support local entrepreneurs, promote their quality products, and foster economic growth within the region.

“By patronizing the goods on display, we contribute to the sustainable development of our CARPreneurs and the communities they represent,” Solomero said.

DTI-Cordillera Director Juliet Lucas and DOST-Cordillera Director Nancy Bantog also assured their agency’s support to CARPpreneurs through their programs and services for micro, small, and medium enterprises. – Carlito Dar with Jarrell Abrigo