Cebu has high agri demand but low supply – DA official
A local DA official is encouraging Cebuanos to make the most out of Cebu’s vibrant trade and commerce to stimulate investments in agriculture.
DA 7 agribusiness Chief Gerry S. Avila said Cebu is going through a high demand for agri-fishery produces but supply is not sufficient. Instead, nearby provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao region provide Cebu’s agriculture needs, Sun Star Cebu reported.
“Cebu is the center of commerce and trade and there is high demand for agri-fishery products,” Avila said last Wednesday, during the agribusiness investment forum arranged by the Cebu Investment and Promotions Office (CIPO).
He said that the demand is brought by the large presence of restaurants, hotels, fast food chains, institutional buyers and supermarkets. Additionally, Cebu posts a steady growth in terms of population and an upsurge in per capita consumption, which further drives demand.
Given the opportunities, Avila thinks Cebu is not making the most of its full potential to produce agri-fishery products. For example, Central Visayas in general is an avian influenza-free province, which implies Cebu can easily supply its poultry products anyplace in the country and even overseas.