Five countries to participate in First Phil Global Banana Summit in Davao City

Oct. 28 (PNA) — The First Philippine Global Banana Summit that will be held during Davao Trade Expo (DATE) 2010 at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on November 5 to 7 will be joined by representatives of five countries and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

DATE 2010 conference director Lizabel Holganza said among the countries that confirmed participation in the event among them Thailand, Taiwan, US and Malaysia. But they are still awaiting final confirmation of attendance from Vietnam and India.

She said the three-day summit will be a gathering of global and local experts in the field of agriculture where delegates will find value in an exchange that includes market trends, innovations in Research and Development, cutting edge technologies and best practices among the banana industry players. She said the plenary sessions will feature presentations of Dr. Ulrich Hoffman of the Trade, Environment and Development Branch Division of UNCTAD, Switzerland.

There will also be presentations of Mr. David Wolf, Agriculture Attache’ of the United States Department of Agriculture, and Agro-K President Dr. Ambrose Rajamannan, she said. The resource persons from the Philippines include Dr. Larry Digal of the University of the Philippines and Mr. Rene Dalayon, President of the Mindanao Banana Farmers and Exporters Association (MBFEA).

The plenary sessions will cover topics such as the challenges in banana growing and exporting, best practices of banana production, strengthening the economic value chain of the banana industry, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Global Agriculture and Global Banana Economic Forecast for the next decade.

The global conference is spearheaded by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and private stakeholders such as Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO), Control Union Philippines and Davao Region Local Governments.

Holganza said the three-day event is seen as an exceptional gathering of banana industry stakeholders as well as government leaders, policy-makers and of businessmen not only from Davao and the Philippines but also from the different parts of the world.

She said this is an event that every stakeholder must not miss as we all work to push our agriculture especially the banana industry to greater heights in the global arena even as she urged small farmers and banana farm growers to join and learn something from the summit. (PNA) LOR/Digna D. Banzon/lvp


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