Social Entrepreneur speaks at Organic Market

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A 28-year-old Negrense social entrepreneur, agriculturist and farmer, talked on agri-business at the eighth installation of Organic Market at The District Northpoint Ayala Mall in Talisay City, which opened on July 25-26.

Cherrie Atilano, who grew up in Silay City and was a scholar of the Provincial Capitol under the Pagkaon Scholarship Program, talked on "AGREA: The Business of Agri-business" on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Atilano graduated magna cum laude from the Visayas State University with a degree on agriculture. She is a founder of AGREA Agricultural Systems International, and a consultant of the Department of Agrarian Reform.

She has worked at the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation as executive assistant of its founder, Antonio Meloto, and at Ayala Land Inc. as landscape horticulturist supervisor and head of Land Development.

Meanwhile, the Organic Market again highlighted "slow food," or the use of organic or naturally farmed ingredients that are cooked without the use of commercial seasonings.

Slow Food Negros president Reena Gamboa-Pena said they sold food that has been cooked in the traditional way to remind their fellow Negrenses to not only eat well but to remember their culture.

The Organic Market showcased certified organic fresh produce and all-natural processed products, local artisanal food, homegrown native products, vegetarian dishes, and specialty diets; organic poultry and livestocks; organic farming inputs, supplies, equipment and technology; and handicrafts, textiles and clothing.

The Organic Market is spearheaded by the provincial government of Negros Occidental in partnership with Organik na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA) lead by its president, Ramon Uy Jr.

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