All is set for Baguio fruit fest
Session Road is more than ready for the upcoming fruit fest this weekend where about 40 tons of various fruits will be shipped from Mindanao.
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong confirmed yesterday the availability of the historic Session Road for the fruit festival in time for the celebration of Baguio City Day on Sept. 1.
Two trucks loaded with 12 tons of Durian and 12 tons of Pomelo has started a three-day journey to the north in time for the Fruit Festival on Sunday. Perishable fruits like Lanzones, Marang, Avocado and Mangosteen will be shipped by air on Saturday from Davao City to Clark Airport.
Executives of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia met with the former Agriculture chief and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman, Sec. Manny Piñol, to express support for the MinDA Fruit Festival. The MinDA Chairman asked the airlines to consider giving fruit shipments preferential treatment in the shipment schedule and lower freight cost.
Fruit farmers also met with the MinDA Chairman yesterday to submit the volume of fruits that they could supply and manifest the expected date of harvest. The MinDA Fruit Festival is expected to be expanded to other cities next week, including Cebu, Lingayen, Muñoz, Iloilo and Manila, as farmers have indicated sufficient fruits supply for the project.
Under the MinDA Fruit Fest project, farmers are assured of a ready market for their produce while consumers could buy fruits at a lower price compared to those sold in the regular markets.