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ANP getting ready
for annual trade fair

Negros-made products will once again be showcased in the annual Negros Trade Fair September 29 to 25 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive in Makati City, Association of Negros Producers vice president for Marketing, Reena Peña, said Saturday.

Peña said this year's trade fair is inspired by the theme evolving life style which speaks of the innovation being made by the producers in creating new products that would keep abreast with the changing times.

She said the trade fair will feature five sectors of the ANP: fashion and accessories, furniture, gifts and housewares, food, and organic and natural products.

About 70 to 80 booths are expected to display new designs in bags, jewelry, fashion accessories, children’s apparel, furniture, home décor pieces, housewares, gift items, organic and natural food and personal care products, packaged Ilonggo delicacies, and hot food for dining, she said.

Not only do these manufacturers produce for the local market but also for international clients as well, she added.

This year's fair is remarkable because it will again be held in Glorietta, where it started in 1985 during the time when the sugar industry, the main product of Negros Occidental, was waning.

Meanwhile, Josephine Locsin, ANP president, said that a year ago, they launched the OURFOOD 3-year program aimed to improve and upgrade the local food supply chain beginning with the small farmers producing high value crops.

OURFOOD or the Optimizing and up scaling Roles in Food Supply Chain, is a partnership between ANP and Germany's AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation, which is market-oriented training and qualification approach to assisting the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises players in selected supply food chains in Negros and Cebu to improve their income, she added.

It is funded by the Germn Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Locsin said that after more than a year of groundwork, research and technical intervention, OURFOOD farmers located in Brgy. Patagonia in Silay City, San Carlos City and Don Salvador Benedicto town will be ready to produce regular volumes with an assurance of quality, traceability and food safety standards.

She said they want to impart this information to local food establishments and institutional buyers in a fresh product's buyers' forum on May 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the ANP conference hall, Negros Showroom, Lacson Street, Bacolod.

Locsin also said that those who wish to join the seminar may email at obranegros@yahoo.com or may call 09189420039 or 434-1000.*APN

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