Yolanda-hit towns to display produce in Capitol’s agro-trade fair

Fresh organic vegetables, fruits and delicacies from the countryside will be on display again at the Capitol grounds.

This is as the Cebu Provincial Government celebrates its 445th Founding Anniversary this August.

Some of these products will be coming from the five northern towns affected by super typhoon Yolanda, according to Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA).

The five towns are Bantayan in Bantayan Island; San Remigio and Sogod in the mainland; and Pilar and Poro in Camotes Island.

OPA Officer-in-Charge Dr. Roldan Saragena invited the public to take advantage of the fresh and processed products at a lower price.

“This is one way of helping the people who were affected by typhoon Yolanda. We will also see what products the typhoon-affected towns can offer at this stage of their recovery,” he said.

Saragena also said that the prices of the farm products from the local government units are lower compared to those in the market places because their booths are provided for free. Some LGUs also provided transportation for their products.

One of the fair’s highlights this year is the participation of the National Food Authority. The agency will sell rice for 27 kilos to 32 kilos only. However, every buyer is only allowed to buy up to five kilos.

OPA said the NFA was requested to set up a booth amidst the rice shortage in the country as reported by President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III in his State of the Nation Address.

There are a total of 39 towns and cities joining the fair and 37 private companies including five food exhibitors.

The booths are already displayed at the back of the Capitol building in front of the Palace of Justice Hall. The fair will run from August 1 to 8. The food court and some stalls will already be opened at 7am and closed at 9pm.

The Agro-Trade Fair is already part of the Capitol’s celebration of its founding anniversary.

It is the Capitol’s biggest event linking farm products straight to its buyers.