DAVAO CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA)- The initiatives and updates on current efforts to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF) to Mindanao will be tackled during the Davao Agri Trade Expo 2019 (DATE 2019) which will be held from September 26-28 at SMX Davao in Davao City.
"Every year during DATE we tackled issues pertaining to the agriculture industry, last year it was rice now we will be tackling hog raising industry particularly the African Swine Fever," Marc Wales, executive director of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries Inc. (DCCCII) said.
On Sept. 27, a forum will be held which will discuss the updates and recommendations of the different hog farming stakeholders gathered during the 1st Mindanao Hograising Forum held on Sept. 18. While on Sept. 28, a technical seminar will be conducted on "How to Prevent African Swine Fever."
Aside from ASF, there will be a lechon festival on Sept. 28 showcasing the lechon industry of Davao .
Unlike in the previous lechon fest, there will be no more competition on the best lechon. "We will have a lechon parade featuring products from different lechoneros," Wales said.
The DCCCII official said the activities will highlight the efforts of the different stakeholders coming from the government and the agri-business sector particularly the hog farmers in making Davao City and Mindanao still ASF-free.
Aside from hog-raising, other topics on Davao Agri Trade Expo (DATE) include livestock, aquaculture, mushroom production, wildlife trade and conservation, coconut programs, online marketing of agri-products, and potentials of the dairy industry.
"DATE has become a platform for pushing agro-industry advocacies," Wales said.
The organizer, DCCCII, has partnered with Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) to bring one of the largest DATE to be held, which is expecting 8,000 to 10,000 delegates all over Mindanao. (PIA/RG Alama)