Ben Tre Plans Coconut Festival for January

A coconut festival will be held in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre in January to mark the anniversary of the Dong Khoi (mass uprising) of 1960, said Mr. Nguyen Quoc Bao, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee of Ben Tre Province.

A coconut garden in Ben Tre Province.

The festival will include cultural activities such as the display of coconut seeds and processing technology, as well as a charity auction. The event is a chance to promote provincial tourism and the local economy.

Coconut trees are a symbol of Ben Tre, which has nearly 46,000 hectares of coconut plantation. There are more than 100 of coconut candy enterprises which create jobs for thousands of people in the province.

Ben Tre’s coconut candy is sold throughout the country and exported to China, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, Europe and America. Besides coconuts, Ben Tre is famous for many other kinds of fruit.

The opening ceremony of the festival will take place on Jan. 17 because this is the day the Rach Mieu Bridge between Ben Tre and Tien Giang provinces will be put into operation.

By Ph.Y – Translated by Kim Khanh

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