Fruit festival opens in HCMC

The ‘Southern Fruit Festival 2009’ opened May 24 in Ho Chi Minh City and will last until the end of August. It is expected to sell more than 1,000 tons of fruit at 20-40 percent lower than market prices.

Winter melons, the heaviest weighs 60 kilograms, from Binh Dinh Province, are displayed at the festival (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

The festival, at Suoi Tien Culture-Tourism Park, is been held annually. This year, it will have 60 stalls with over 50 kinds of fruit from the southern region. Many varieties of famous fruit from other areas in the country will also be displayed.

The event also offers other activities, including an artistic fruit shaping competition and an exhibition of ornamental creatures.

The festival will include a competition for the most delicious and safest fruit. It is hoped to encourage farmers to apply modern farming techniques to produce high quality fruit.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Southern Fruit Research Institute and the Suoi Tien Culture and Tourism Company co-organized the festival.

By M.Hanh – Translated by H.Mien

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