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News: Guimaras mango festival set April 16-20 - 12 Apr 2008
A five-day mango festival will be held at the provincial capitol grounds of Guimaras from April 16 to 20, it was learned from Neptune Pittman, president of the Guimaras Cutflower and Ornamental Growers Association. 
Pittman’s group is one of the exhibitors in the trade fair. Aside from the exhibits of the famous Guimaras mango fruits and various food products in the province, the event will also feature an exhibit of flowers and ornamental plants.


Among the highlights on April 17 will be the lecture on the latest developments in exotic fruits by Zac B. Sarian and a lecture-demonstration on Ikebana flower arrangement by Joyce Kato of the Ikebana International Manila Chapter 108.


Processed mango products like dried mangoes, jam, pickles and others will be showcased during the festival. There will also be exhibits of organic vegetables, pineapples and other agricultural products.


The exhibitors include the Mango Growers Development Cooperative headed by Felipe Escarilla, the Buenavista Garden Club headed by Neptune Pittman, the Guimaras Seed Growers Development Cooperative, the Guimaras Food Processors Cooperative, The Guimaras Cutflower and Ornamental Growers, the Rotary Club of Guimaras, and the Iloilo City Garden Club as guest exhibitor.


The Guimaras mango festival is supported by Department of Agriculture through the provincial agriculture office headed by Ronnie Morante, Congressman JC Rahman Nava and Gov. Felipe Hilan Nava.


Guimaras is famous for its sweet mango grown in more than 5,000 hectares. This represents 5.72 percent of the area planted to mangoes in the Philippines and 42.8 percent in Western Visayas, according to statistics of the Department of Agriculture.


Mango is the third most important crop in Guimaras. The first two are coconut and rice, occupying 47 and 34 percent, respectively, of the areas planted to agricultural crops. Mango, however, is the most famous crop of the province.


The climate in Guimaras is highly suitable for mango production because of its distinct wet and dry seasons, dry from November to April and rainy during the rest of the year.


Guimaras is composed of five towns, namely Buenavista, Jordan, San Lorenzo, Sibunag and Nueva Valencia.


Source: Manila Bulletin Online
Posted By: PhilCTTIS Data Center 
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