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Homegrown products star in agro-industrial trade fair in Laoag City fiesta

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte, Feb. 6 (PIA) – This year’s Agro-Industrial Trade Fair which features homegrown products officially opens in Laoag City as part of the 27th Pamulinawen Festival celebration, on February 2. 

Some 42 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) are participating in the trade fair to sell various products like home furniture and decorations, plants, food products, clothing, inabel or traditional Iloko woven fabric products, and other hand-made crafts.

Aside from MSMEs, one of the main highlights of the trade fair are the agriculture products like vegetables and fruits, sardines, dried fish, malunggay cookies, vinegar, basi or vinegar wine, rice and soy coffee, rice chips, and other snacks locally produced by farmers and fisherfolks from the city.

During the opening program, Mayor Michael Marcos Keon reiterated the local government’s support to the agriculture sector and assured that they will continue conducting support services for farmers like distribution of seedlings and farm machinery. 

“I’m very happy that we have such a strong agricultural system in the city because of our farmers and fisherfolks. The bedrock of the economy of Laoag City is agriculture, that is why we need to support the sector and highlight our agriculture outputs like we are doing here,” he said.

Laoag City Mayor Michael Marcos Keon affirms his support to local farmers and fisherfolk during the opening ceremony of the 2024 Agro-Industrial Trade at Laoag Central Elementary School (LCES). (EJFG)

Everlina Menor, who is in her second year participating as an exhibitor, is hopeful that the trade fair will bring in more revenue and recognition for her plant business.

“We are happy that we were able to join in the trade fair again to sell our plants. We sell indoor and outdoor ornamental plants, flowers, herbs, and spices,” she said.

The trade fair will be open until Feb. 15. (JCR/MJTAB/EJFG, PIA Ilocos Norte)

Freshly harvested produce, locally processed foods, and other snacks are available at the 2024 Agro-Industrial Trade Fair as part of the 27th Pamulinawen Festival in Laoag Central Elementary School (LCES). (EJFG)
Various home furniture and decorations are displayed and ready to sell at the 2024 Agro-Industrial Trade Fair in Laoag Central Elementary School (LCES). (EJFG)
Different varieties of indoor and outdoor plants and flowers are available at the 2024 Agro-Industrial Trade Fair in Laoag Central Elementary School (LCES). (EJFG)

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