DAVAO City – Some 10,000 visitors are expected to join the 17th Davao Trade Expo (Date) which will champion the livestock industry in the Davao Region, an executive of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCCII) said.
This year’s trade expo, dubbed as “Building Local Products for the Global Community”, will be held at the SMX Convention Center Davao at the SM Lanang Premier on September 25 to 27.
Jonathan Suy, co-chairperson of the 17th Date, speaking in Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City, said 80 percent of the 170 booths are already filled up with exhibitors who will showcase various products and technology in the region.
International delegates will also grace the three-day event, the biggest agribusiness expo in Mindanao. All booths will be mounted in three separate pavilions.
Organizers are also hoping to surpass the P233 million revenues generated during the 15th Date in 2013 which also highlighted the livestock industry.
Local players from the dairy industry will also take centerstage to showcase the products and the technology in a bid to encourage more players to venture into fresh milk production.
The Philippines reportedly imports 97 percent of its fresh milk needs from New Zealand and Australia, translating to a whopping P70 billion worth of imports annually.
The country’s production averages only about 3,000 liters a day, way below the daily requirement of 6,000 to 7,000 liters a day.
According to National Dairy Authority (NDA) department manager Marilyn Mabale, the country has 9,000 cows that produce fresh milk, of which 1,300 are in Davao Region.
NDA imported 1,394 cows, a cross between Holstein and Sahiwal, from New Zealand, which will be dispersed to farmers in Mindanao. Last year, Mindanao got some 650 cows while NDA is proposing another 800 cows next year, of which 300 will go to Mindanao. mindanews