ARMM seeks market for locally-produced chips and coco sugar
The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) aims to capture a bigger market for the locally-produced chips or tipas of Maguindanao and coco sugar of Sulu, which were both highlighted in this year’s International Food Exhibit (IFEX) at the World Trade Center, Pasay.
To be specific, the Mindanao Pavilion showcased all six regions’ specialty products and commodities, proving the island-region’s position as the “food basket of the Philippines.”
The ARMM, represented by The Moropreneur Incorporated (TMI) and Tubig Samin Agricultural Producer Cooperative — two of the local consolidators of agricultural products in the region — sees IFEX as a great avenue to expand their prospective markets and to explore ideas for product development.
“During the first day, we already sold more than 1,000 and 500 packs of sweet and spicy tipas and coco sugar respectively. Aside from its all-natural ingredients, both are Halal-certified products too”, said Prince Shoudery Galo, Trade and Industry Development Specialist of DTI-ARMM.
The DTI-ARMM has been actively assisting the local entrepreneurs in developing their products and encouraging creative innovation to be able to compete both in the domestic and international market.
“We already conducted training on proper product development, labeling, packaging and marketing to the five provinces with around 8 to 15 MSMEs per province. Apart from that, we offer basic entrepreneurial skills training. We want them to look forward to exporting their products as they step up to a new level” he added.
Currently, DTI-ARMM is exploring ways to acquire barcodes and comply with the international standards in order to join the export market.
IFEX is the country’s biggest trade exhibition where local and international food companies converge to promote their products, forge partnerships and create opportunities for future trade ventures.