It’s mango season once again in the island province of Guimaras and to celebrate the bountiful harvest of the world renowned mango, an annual Manggahan Festival is being celebrated from May 11-22, 2016.

This year’s celebration involves different government and private organizations, local government units, associations and other stakeholders. The Bureau of Plant Industry-Guimaras National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (BPI-Guimaras NCRDPSC) annually supports and took part on the different activities during the festivity.

One of the activities supported by the Center is the Farmers’ and Fisherfolks Day held on May 13, 2016.  Participated by some 350 farmers, fisherfolk and other stakeholders, the one- day event highlighted the different technologies on farming and fishing, distribution of quality planting materials, talent competition of different farmers and fisherfolk organization and farmlympics (fun games and other related activities on farming and fishing). During the event, the Center distributed quality planting materials (300 grafted seedlings), various vegetable seeds (squash, ampalaya, pole sitao, okra, eggplant, cucumber, tomato and cow pea) and potted herbs (chives, holy and sweet basil, tarragon, gynura and herba buena), which benefitted 211farmers and other stakeholders.

Moreover, during the National Government Agencies (NGAs) day and night, the Center joins the one shop stop set-up for NGAs.  Information concerning the Center’s services was presented and IEC materials on different matured technologies on mango were distributed. Talents competition among the agencies highlighted the concluded the event at night.  Grand parade during the final day of Manggahan festival and the Foundation day of the province of Guimaras was also participated by the Center.

The Center’s participation to the different activities of Manggahan festival did not only strengthened ties and collaboration with the provincial government of Guimaras LGUs and other agencies but also an avenue to extend services and materials assistance to farmers and other stakeholders. (RS Orquia)

 

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