Friday, March 20, 2015

More exhibitors expected in third Organic Market tomorrow

The third leg of the Organic Weekend Market at 
The District Northpoint-Ayala Mall that 
will open tomorrow (March 21) will showcase, 
among others, certified organic fresh produce
 and all-natural processed products, local artisanal food,
 homegrown native products, vegetarian dishes, 
and specialty diets.

More farmers and producers in the province are expected to join the third installation of the Organic Market at The District North Point-Ayala Mall, in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, which will open March 21 until Sunday.

Organizer Ramon Uy Jr., president of the Organik na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA), said that “through this organic market, our organic farmers and artisans will get better prices for the value of their products."

 Uy said that the Organic Market helps boost the economy in the rural areas since most of the exhibitors are from the grassroots or those located in the countryside.

The first leg of the weekend Organic Market last January 24 to 25, also in the same venue, generated more than P300,000 in sales while its second installment, March 17 to 18, were participated by more than 60 exhibitors.

Some of the exhibitors were group of upland organic communities from towns of Calatrava, Don Salvador Benedicto, Sagay, and Murcia, which were organized by the Provincial Environment and Management Office.

The exhibitors showcased certified organic fresh produce and all-natural processed products, local artisanal food, homegrown native products, vegetarian dishes, and specialty diets; organic poultry and livestock; organic farming inputs, supplies, equipment and technology; and handicrafts, textiles and clothing.

Uy said that the Ayala Corp. has been a strong supporter of indigenous communities and organic markets. In fact, one of the first organic markets was assisted by the Ayala group when it was staged in Makati in the 1990s, he added.

The Organic Weekend Market at The District is an offshoot of Uy’s chance meeting with Ayala Corp. chairman emeritus Jaime Zobel de Ayala at last year’s Negros Trade Fair in Manila.

Zobel told Uy that it would be nice to consider having an organic market at The District Northpoint in Talisay City.

Jeannie Santos, marketing associate of The District Northpoint-Ayala Mall, said, “Through this Organic Market, we give emphasis on health and wellness and make organic food and items directly available to the consumers.  We also want to support the local farmers of Negros.”

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