“Connecting farmers and fishers to the market, to the buyers, is one of the main reasons we hold this fair,” said Minister Steven Victor at the first Palau Agri-Fair, which took place Friday, November 18, at the Bureau of Agriculture station at Ngchesar.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Environment (MAFE) organized the first Palau Agri-Fair to promote more robust food security programs in Palau. “This fulfills the mandate of Olbiil era Kelulau’s Joint Resolution for our ministry to conduct Agri-Fair at least once a year,” explained MAFE Minister Victor.
Local farmers, fishers, and producers showcased their locally produced products, such as eggs, prawns, pork, honey from coconut, chickens, seafood, a variety of plants, and more. In addition to products, technical organizations were present to show services that support local producers. Taiwan Technical Mission, Bureau of Agriculture, and Palau Small Business Administration were some of the agencies providing various services in support of local producers and small businesses.
Young people also participated, showcasing what they had learned in a workshop before the fair on food security and what it meant to them.
“OEK has enabled infrastructures such as airports to be built, bringing many tourists. And a lot of people need to be fed, which is why we are supporting you, farmers, fishers, and other local producers,” stated Delegate Nace Soalablai on behalf of the House of Delegates. Present to support the event were Senate President Hokkons Baules, Speaker Sabino Anastacio, Senator Umiich Sengebau, and Delegate Nace Soalablai.
Minister Victor solicited feedback from the event participants with the aim of improving the next Agri-Fair to be held. (By: L.N. Reklai)