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Philippine Daily Inquirer – Sunday, December 05, 2004
By Alex Pal PDI Visayas Bureau

DUMAGUETE CITY – President Macapagal-Arroyo has accepted the invitation of Negros Oriental Gov. George Arnaiz to grace the National Agro-Trade Fair and Congress in Bayawan City.

The President is scheduled to visit Bayawan City on Tuesday at 3 p.m.. She is expected to deliver a brief talk and return to Manila that same day, Arnaiz announced Friday.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap will deliver the keynote address during the opening ceremony that will be held one day earlier.

With the theme “Dynamic Agriculture Sector Builds Strong Government,” the agro-trade fair and congress, co-sponsored by the Central Visayas Agriculture and Fishery Council and the Department of Agriculture and Fishery Council and the Department of Agriculture Region 7, will serve as a venue of exchange of new ideas and trends among stakeholders including input suppliers, producer-farmers and traders.

Bayawan City, headed by Mayor German P. Sarana Jr., is spending P2 million for this activity. “We want to position ourselves as the agriculture center of Region 7 and help our farmers learn modern techniques in raising cash crops,, said Bayawan City Vice Mayor Rene Gaudiel.

Highlights of the fair include the Bayawan Rodeo Competition on Dec. 08. There will be contests on fresh milk drinking, piglet catching, wood chopping, load carrying, cock carambola, bull riding, whip cracking, a banca race and fish catching contest.

Other lectures and demonstrations will be on topics like meat processing, management of pests in vegetables, the potentials of the production of essential oils, production of hybrid rice, the effects of aflatoxin on corn, market access, investment and tariff barriers and a cold chain system for fruits and vegetable.

Speakers include engineer Burt Llanto, director of the department of Science and Technology, who will speak on mango and jackfruit processing; Dr. Hernani Golez, director of the Bureau of Plant Industry, on the cultural and integrated pest management of mango; Dr. Edwin Villar, director of the Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development, on the production of goat; Prof. Rene Rafael Espino of the University of the Philippines Los Banos, on tissue culture system in Bananas,, and a director of the US Agriculture Trade Office who will review the bilateral relationship in agricultural trade and development between the Philippines and the United States.

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