Issue of September 9, 2018
     
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Benguet
Mt. Province
 
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2018
Panagbenga Flower Festival
 
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Sablan’s best fruits shown in fruit fest, biggest salad served
by Ofelia C. Empian

SABLAN, Benguet – The fruit basket of Benguet successfully staged its 4th Fruit Festival that featured this town’s best produce.

In one of its highlights, the town staged the biggest fruit salad consisting of 45-kilogram pomelo, 30-kg rambutan, 30-kg papaya, 45-kg jackfruit and 30-kg guyabano.

The fruit salad was placed in a plywood-size makeshift platter and served 600 people during the event with the theme: “Celebrating abundance, friendship and beauty.”

Local farmers were recognized for their efforts in bringing their best produce to the town center during the agriculture awards.

The Heaviest Banana Bunch Award went to Ferdinand Pasi of Barangay Poblacion with the tomok variety weighing 29.40 kilograms while Pura Rimando of Pappa was awarded for the lacatan variety weighing 13 kgs.; Sally Tomita of Poblacion for the bunggawisan variety weighing 21.40 kgs., and Luna Felix of Banangan for the murado variety weighing 26.40 kgs.

Agricultural Technologist II Arthur Mariano said the persistent monsoon rains has affected the harvest of fruits.

“The sun has an effect on the ability of the trees to bear fruit; the yield could have been higher,” Mariano said, adding that the farmers were still able to harvest some fruit trees that were served during the weeklong festival.

Meanwhile, the heaviest jackfruit plum, weighing 32.20 kgs. went to Josie Gallardo of Poblacion while Wendel Garoy had the sweetest guyabano; Susan Amboy with the sweetest pineapple; Presila Marcos with the sweetest pomelo; and Franklyn Bayacsan with the sweetest papaya.

Lastly, Charity Joy Dulnuan is the top winner in the no-bake fruits and berries cake competition.

In the group competition, the best agri-booth plum went to Barangay Poblacion and the best float was awarded to Barangay Bayabas.

Mariano said from January to July of this year, there were 2.384 million kilos of plantation crops, some of which include its famous pineapple and 10 varieties of banana.

Around 500 farmers also harvested 1.066 million kgs. of 20 various fruit bearing trees in the same period.

Mariano said there is an estimated 331 hectares planted with over 16,700 fruit trees grown in the one of the more temperate municipalities of Benguet.


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