Aklan fiber producers eye wider international market
Fiber producers in Aklan will showcase new innovations in an upcoming trade fair in a bid to widen their international market.
Now on its 19th year, the Aklan Piña and Fiber Trade Fair slated on April 21 to 26 will showcase more innovative designs to attract more international buyers, said Pinky Regalado, senior specialist of the Department of Trade and Industry-Aklan.
Regalado, in an interview Monday, said design companies from France are expected to see Aklan’s products during the six-day trade fair, which will be held at the Trade Hall of the Aklan provincial capitol in Kalibo.
Currently, fiber products from Aklan are being sold in Japan, Canada and the United States.
Aklan is known as the pineapple or piña fiber capital of the country and for its abaca fiber industry as well.
“(Our local producers) will showcase new designs on crafts and have utilized news shades of dyes for cloth and fabric” she added.
This year’s trade fair, themed “Greening Local Products Towards Competitiveness,” will have 62 exhibitors.
The trade fair aims to generate at least PhP5.25 million worth of sales.
Regalado said the trade fair will also showcase new products from Aklan’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
Regalado said local producers need to innovate with their products in order to compete with other MSMEs from other regions.
As part of the trade fair, the DTI will also conduct cacao technology forum and training workshops on souvenir items and fashion accessories using local indigenous products such as coco shell, wood and bamboo.
A business financing fair and negosyo clinics will also be held during the trade fair. The trade fair is an annual event conducted by DTI in partnership with Provincial Government of Aklan, Hugod Aklanon Producers Association, Inc., Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority and Aklan Piña and Indigenous Fibers Manufacturers and Traders Association, Inc. (PNA)