FBA Issue 29: November / December 2009
Agrilink/Foodlink/Aqualink 2009
Focusing on sustainable food production for the Filipino market
by Gemma C. DELMO
As the adverse effects of the global economic crunch are finally hitting Philippine shores, agribusiness stakeholders are looking for ways to ease the worldwide financial meltdown's impact to maintain their operations and sustain food production.
Such is the theme of the 16th Agrilink/Foodlink/Aqualink 2009 where 215 companies exhibiting 321 indoor and retail booths which occupied the 7,290-square metre World Trade Centre in Pasay City, Manila showcased their latest innovations from October 8-10, 2009.
The show was graced by dignitaries led by Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, exclaiming the exhibit as the "best venue to discuss the problems the industry is facing now like the Asean Free Trade Agreement in 2010, climate change and the global economic recession."
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) meanwhile discussed in mitigating negative impact of the recent environmental crisis. This was especially relevant, given the recent damage typhoons Parma and Ketsana had inflicted on Philippine agriculture.
Another show highlight was the debut of ILDEX pavilion, where several international companies have also displayed their latest techniques in food and agribusiness. International exhibitors who are optimistic about the prospects for the Philippines' livestock industry experienced genuine demand for technology and business solutions to improve the productivity and competitive advantages for trade visitors. The success of this year's AgriLink/FoodLink/AquaLink's tie up with ILDEX implies that there will be many more such joint fairs in future years.  
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