The Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) has announced that it will organize this year’s National Fibercrops Summit, aimed at addressing the multifaceted implementation challenges facing the fibercrop industry.

The National Fibercrops Summit will take place on November 14, 2023 at the DA-BSWM Convention Hall in Diliman, Quezon City. Its theme, “HIBLA BIDA!!!!,” promises to be a significant milestone, highlighting priority fibercrops including abaca, cotton, pina, salago, and silk.

“PhilFIDA’s commitment to driving innovation, growth, and prosperity within the fibercrop sector is encapsulated by this year’s theme, signifying the importance and centrality of fibercrops in the Philippines economic and agricultural landscape,” the agency said. 

“HIBLA BIDA!!!’ embodies the ideas that these fibercrops are not only intrinsic to the nation’s heritage but also integral to its future economic viability, competitiveness, and sustainability. 

Aside from critical discussion on issues in the industry such as fiber quality, market demand, and trade regulations, the summit will also serve as platform to exhibit a diverse array of products derived from priority fibercrops. 
Another key highlight of the summit is a Fashion Show, featuring Filipino designer Maria Fernandina Sandico, who is renowned for her use of abaca, cotton and nipa as materials for creating exquisite pieces of clothing. | PND

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