The full title was “9th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition, 26th BAR Anniversary.” Held August 8-11, 2013, SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 2. I visited the first day.
Entrance was free. I just filled up my name on registration form and entered without hassle. The guard on duty didn’t bother checking my bag. They were not verifying whether the entering visitor was already registered or not and they don’t had a mean.
It was a group of three events, the 26th Anniversary of Bureau of Agricultural Research, products exhibition and forum. As usual, I only had enough time to see product exhibition and was not able to attend any forum a.k.a seminar.
Right after the entrance was a very nice center display. It was like a mini garden filled with plants, harvests and value-added products. An ideal place where all man’s need exist. It is what I wanted for my dream farm.
Next was a wide stage for conducting forums and seminars. As I mentioned, I had no time listening to any. I only had a glimpse of a short video about a scientific study result.
Around were participating exhibitors:
1) Rice agencies, World Rice, PhilRice
2) BFAR RFUs, Bureau and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
3) DA RFU, Regional Field Units
4) Stage Colleges and Universities
5) The NCRDEC, National Coffee Research and Development Center, of Cavite State University.
6) Few Businesses
7) Other agencies and entities not mentioned.
The prominent products:
1) Adlai and products
2) Local fruit wines: guyabano, bignay, mango, arius and sampalok
3) Different rice varieties, including the rare black rice
4) Different soya varieties
5) Fish and fish products such as tuyo, daing and tinapa
6) High value fruits such as rambutan, durian, pineapple, suha, banana and avocado
7) Homemade bread and biscuits
9) Organic fertilizers and pesticides
10) Homemade noodles
11) Seaweeds and products
12) Native black pigs
13) Sea cucumber and products
14) Vegetables and products
There were few food free tests that were not enough to fill my tummy. I guessed the food stalls on the left side were meant for hungry visitors like me. It was good but not good enough since most exhibitor goers were looking for free foodies.
I saw a lot of new things which will be posted next.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.