As part of the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month, the City Agriculturist’s Office (CAgrO) on Tuesday opened the 4-day (May 28-31) Agri-Fisheries Trade Fair at the Rizal Park.

The celebration aims to recognize farmers and farmers associations that are indispensable in the city’s food security.

“Mao ni ang atong one week celebration as we culminate the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month 2024,” said CAgrO’s Institutional Development Services Division Head, James Arly Danac in an interview with the City Information Office on Tuesday.

Danac said the trade’s first day will be dubbed as the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) day to pay homage to the women’s organization with over 10,000 members.

A total of 18 booths from various farmers associations have put their produce and goods on display for the fair. From fresh fruits and vegetables to cacao and durian products, the fair offers a wide-array of products that are genuinely fair trade.

Vilma Delijero, the 74 year-old Federation President of RIC-Paquibato, said the fair has helped stimulate a demand for their agricultural products and that through it, unique Paquibato products are showcased and exposed directly to the buyers.

“Dako kayo ning tabang sa amoang mga RIC sa Paquibato District kay dako kaayo’g hatag na kalambuan sa among barangay ug distrito kay tanan namong produkto nadala tanan para niani mabaligya ug makapangwarta pud mi,” she said

Delijero added that profit from the fair will be invested back into their produce and used to procure planting materials.

Danac added that the presentation, concept, and design for the district booths will be judged by a panel. The best booth will receive P10,000, the second with P7,000, and the third will be awarded with P5,000. The rest will receive a consolation prize of P2,000.

On the second day of the fair (May 29), the CAgrO will partner with City Health Office’s Nutrition Division for a training session with stakeholders involved in implementing the nutrition program of the city.

Danac said the month-long celebration will officially culminate on May 30 where the awarding and recognition ceremony of the city’s outstanding farmers will be held.

“Magimbita ko sa atong lumulupyo sa Davao City na bisitahon nato atoang Culmination Week as we try to showcase the products sa atong mag-uuma sa atoang Agri-fisheries Trade Fair,” he said.

“Suportahan nato atong mga mag-uuma kay ang atoa gyu’ng kusog sa siyudad sa Davao nakalingkod man gyud sa mang-umma,” he added. CIO