The 26th Agrilink, through the efforts of agriculture and agri-business non-profit organization Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development (FLRD), is slated to highlight the importance of a climate change-resilient agricultural industry, particularly in the Eastern Visayas region.

Region VIII, or Eastern Visayas, is known to be susceptible to typhoons, flooding, ocean acidification, and prolonged drought because of its geographical location and its socioeconomic and adaptive capacities.

FLRD President Antonio V. Roces said that events like Agrilink play an important role in promoting sustainable growth. “It advocates and emphasizes vital issues that need to be addressed in the industry, such as tackling climate change’s impact in Eastern Visayas’ agricultural sectors,” Roces said.

The 26th Agrilink will discuss topics such as investing in climate resilient technologies and inputs as well as implementation of agricultural practices that maximize the use and efficiency of the region’s lands.

It will also tackle the idea of value-adding and product diversification to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change among farmers and fisherfolk, where they can elevate their produce’s value chain by expanding and converting their basic produce into value-added products.

Additionally, crop diversification can also transform Eastern Visayas’ traditional agricultural industry into a dynamic sector. It lets farmers explore what other crops they can grow to maximize their agribusiness as well.

Despite the challenges in the climate and socioeconomic capacity of Region VIII, it remains one of the top producers of coconut. According to reports from both the DA and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), around 70% of the lands found in Eastern Visayas are planted with coconut trees.

The region also has considerable production in staples such as rice and corn, as well as abaca, sweet potato, and taro (gabi) as alternative crops.

Considered the country’s premier international trade exhibition on agriculture, food, and aquaculture, Agrilink 2019 will be held from October 3 to 5 at the World Trade Center Manila.

Supported by the Department of Agriculture, as well as its regional units and allied agencies, Agrilink 2019 is co-organized by over 30 agribusinesses and food organizations. The event will feature local and international products and technologies, live animal and plant displays, as well as technical workshops and investment forums.

To participate, contact FRLD at 838-4491. You can also send them an email at frld.agrilink@gmail.com or visit www.agrilink.org or facebook.com/agrilinkPH.