Thursday, July 20, 2017

CARAT Expo 2017 to increase agro marine productivity in Caraga

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) – In keeping the momentum of advancing the region’s rich agricultural and fishery products, the Butuan City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. will once again hold this year’s Caraga Agricultural Trade and Marketing Exposition or CARAT Expo 2017 on August 10-13, here.

CARAT Expo 2017 carries the theme, “Zoom up Caraga! Responding to challenges in agri-aqua productivity, responsible mining and progressive entrepreneurship.”

“It will be a four-day event and is highlighted by hosting the 21st Caraga Business Conference slated also on August 11, 2017 at the Grand Palace Hotel, this city,” said Roger Ramirez, president of the Butuan City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc.

Trade fairs and the different programs will be held at the Robinsons Place Butuan. Agricultural retailers and wholesalers, food producers, agronomics, agriculturists, farmers, manufacturers, food traders and exporters will have the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their produce.

“In the pipeline of activities for 2018, Caraga is also set to host the Mindanao-wide Food Summit in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). This will be in time with the Philippines’ hosting of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) so as to make the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Food Summit in scope.

With these projects of the Butuan City Chamber of Commerce, together with some government agencies, it helps boost the agricultural and aquamarine productivity in the region. “We enjoin you to be with us as we endeavor for increased productivity and sustained trade and industry development,” stressed Ramirez.

“Expect a more fruitful activities as we forge partnership with the regional government offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA),” underscored Ramiez.

It can be recalled that the signature brand for Caraga region, the  “Caraga Lobster," was launched during last year’s CARAT Expo.


The CARAT Expo is a strategic venue for market-matching and agri-investment linkages aimed at increasing productivity and creating trade opportunities for small producers in Caraga. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)