Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday the success of the Negros Trade Fair in Makati that put emphasis on the province's famous heirloom delicacies shows that Negros Occidental has the potential to become the Food Basket of the Philippines.
Negros Occidental that has had the second largest number of domestic tourists in the country must continue to push its potential as a food tourism destination, he said.
“We should not depend only on sugar that is a very cheap commodity,” he said, noting that the province has been gradually shifting towards other industries.
He said that Negros Occidental is already number one in the production of poultry, swine, and aqua culture in Western Visayas.
The province also has delicious crabs and lamb meat available for export, he added.
The 6-day NTFthat ended Sunday earned P25.5 million, P6 million or 33 percent above last year's P19.5 million, and the highest amount in the 32 years of the Association of Negros Producers' annual event, ANP president Christina Gaston said Sunday.
“The 32nd Negros Trade Fair focused on food this year and it paid off in a big way, she said.
Marañon noted that the lamb and duck dishes were the best sellers at the Negros First Food Booth at the NTF.
“We brought our food to the trade fair to show people living in Metro Manila how goodit is,” he said.*CPG
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