Bontoc highlights local products in Agri-Craft Trade Fair 2023

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BONTOC, Mountain Province (PIA) — Local agricultural and industrial products from the various barangays in the municipality are featured in the Agri-Craft Trade Fair as part of the 115th Bontoc Foundation Day and 19th Am-among Festival.
Bontoc Mayor Jerome Tudlong with Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources(BFAR)-Cordillera Chief Aquaculturist Loise B. Fermin representing BFAR-CAR Regional Director Lilibeth L. Signey, Department of Trade and Industry Provincial Director Mabel F. Banggawan, Dept. of Labor and Employment Provincial Head Venus L. Guinjicna, and the municipal officials led the ribbon cutting and the blessing of fair on Sept. 11.
Tudlong said that the trade fair is not just a display but also a symbol of the efforts of the exhibitors.
“The booths for the Agri-Craft Trade Fair are more than just stunning displays of artistry. Rather, it is a testament to our collective identity, a manifestation of the industry, hard work, and perseverance of our local farmers, artisans or crafters, local processors and producers, and the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises,” he said.
The trade fair which will run until September 16 features products from the four clustered barangays of Bontoc such as vegetables, fruits, aquatic foods, root crops, woven products, condiments and beverages.
Tudlong challenged the exhibitors to embrace modernization and use it for their advantage.
“To all exhibitors, farmers, and local entrepreneurs, I believe that you should not limit your market to this event only, the Agri-Craft Trade Fair. I encourage you to explore other ways to widen your market through the use of digital media which is very much within reach,” he said.
Fermin said the event is a learning venue and a celebration of agricultural communities.
“This occasion is a paramount to achieving the President’s vision on agriculture and is not only a for learning and discovery, but also a celebration of the agricultural and craft communities. It is an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, support local businesses and forge meaningful connections or networks, ” she said.
Fermin also assured the continuous support of BFAR to the province through projects and programs.
“BFAR is in harmony in your initiatives especially in flourishing various fisheries and development in the Cordillera Region through livelihood programs and projects as well as on the aspect of strengthening strategies on resource enhancement,” she said.
Other activities for this year’s celebration with the theme “Radiating Good Governance through Accelerated Public Service”, include Sing and Dance Competition, Skills Challenge, Search for Mr. and Miss Bontoc, TB Caravan, Indigenous Games, and Street Dancing and Cultural Presentation.**JDP/CVBT-PIA CAR, Mt. Province


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