IT HAS taken time but there is now a significant increase of Malaysians who have come to understand the state of progress of organically grown food in our country, and experience the range of taste and flavour of organically grown produce and livestock, be it local or imported.
The Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (Cetdem) and Slow Food Klang Valley Convivium with the support of Department of Agriculture and the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall are organising the 5th Malaysian Organic and Natural Products Exhibition from Sept 18–20 at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, No 1, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur.
Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Chua Tee Yong will officiate at the opening of the exhibition.
At the Organic Path 2010 exhibition, farmers will share their experiences and expertise, and offer for sale the fruits of their endeavours.
Additionally, providers related to health care, skin/body care, wellness, household and herbal products, agricultural equipment, establishment in the food services, traders, manufacturers, importers, government agencies and NGOs will also be present at Organic Path 2010 to offer the public the range of their products and expertise.
There will also be series of talks related to environment, health, organic issue and demonstrations on various ways of composting methods and other activities.
Via the exhibition, the organisers hope to inject a national perspective on the many aspects of organic farming.
The participants will cover the technology, marketing and trading, equipment for small and medium-sized farms, renewable energy, and other R&D projects particularly related to agricultural technologies and solutions implemented in the public and government sectors.
The event would give local companies a platform to network and market their products nationally, besides increasing public awareness on the importance of organic farming.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a public forum themed “Can Our Organic Producers Compete with Imports?” (9am-1pm) and “Organic Food is better than Conventional Food: Is this a Myth?” (2pm-5pm) will also be held on Sept 20.
The speakers include the director of the Department of Agriculture, farmers, importers, manufacturers and NGOs.
Entrance to the three-day exhibition and forum is free. The exhibition is open to the public from 10am to 8pm.
For information on the exhibition and public forum, contact Cetdem at 03-7875 7767; 016 6414883 or email email@example.com.