From Davao City all the way to Baguio City, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) will conduct a fruit festival on August 25 featuring products of Mindanaoan farmers.
The First Mindanao Fruit Festival seeks to help Mindanaoan fruit farmers market their products around the country, said newly-appointed MinDa Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Pinol in a press statement released on Tuesday.
Pinol added that Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong agreed to host the first marketing and promotions program of the agency.
The MinDa Fruit Festival will be held at Session Road with the collaboration of local vendors, giving them a chance to be associates and form business ventures with the Mindanao fruit farmers.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod through Ordinance No. 65 series of 2019 authorized the temporary closure of one lane of Session for a period of four Sundays.
According to the MinDa chief, fruits from Mindanao such as the popular durian and pomelo left last Wednesday, August 21, for the three-day trip to Baguio City.
“The aim is to find a bigger market for local fruits. Farmers are sure to benefit from this. This is an effort to help farmers find a new and bigger market,” Minda public relations chief Adrian Tamayo said in an online interview.
Baguio City Mayor published a statement correcting its first post about the price of fruits to be sold at the MinDa Fruit Festival, “The drop in the prices of fruits to be sold at the MinDa Fruit Festival has no definite levels yet and not 50 percent as earlier posted. The 50 percent cut referred to in the post pertains to the level of fruit price decrease that prevailed in Mindanao in the past months.”
Everyone who will participate at the said event is advised to bring their own eco-bags based on the “The Plastic and Styrofoam-Free Baguio Ordinance.”
Allowing the operation of MinDA Fruit Festival on the said date at Session Road, Baguio City is under the Executive Order. No. 066 Series of 2019.