Baguio opens MinDA-led fruit festival tomorrow
The Mindanao Development Authority’s (MinDA) first ever fruit festival will open tomorrow in Baguio and hopes to sell durian, marang, lanzones, and other fruits coming from Mindanao.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said a truck loaded with 5 metric tons (MT) of durian already took off the other day from Kidapawan City for a three-day trip to Baguio, while another 15 MT of tropical fruits from the different parts of Mindanao will be flown from Davao City to Clark Airport today for the fruit festival.
The festival, which will be held from August 24 to 25, aims to help Mindanao fruit farmers get a better income for their produce while giving Northern Luzon consumers the opportunity to buy their favorite tropical fruits at lower prices.
MinDA has partnered with the City Government of Baguio under its new mayor, retired Police General Benjamin Magalong, for the staging of the fruit festival.
“The strategy is intended to establish a direct link between the fruit farmers of Mindanao and the fruit vendors of Baguio City to keep fruit prices down,” Piñol said.
“It is now the fruit season in Mindanao and farmers have been flooding the market with durian, lanzones, marang, mangosteen, rambutan and pomelo bringing prices down. To allow farmers to earn more, MinDA has initiated the marketing program for Mindanao fruits,” he added.