The delta hub of My Tho opened a fruit festival April 19 to promote Mekong produce.
The festival features fruit cooking demonstrations, parades, a seeds exhibition, a giant fruit exhibition and a fruit art competition, said Tran The Ngoc, Chairman of the People’s Committee in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.
|A map of Vietnam made of fresh fruit at the Fruit Festival in the Mekong Delta city of My Tho, Tien Giang Province, on April 19.(Photo:SGGP)|
The event also aims to honor local farmers, scientists and enterprises that have contributed to create quality fruit varieties while elevating the status of Vietnamese fruit in the world, said Ngoc.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, State President Nguyen Minh Triet said he was happy to see many domestic and foreign visitors enjoying the event.
President Triet stressed the event was an occasion for farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs to share their experiences and discuss ways to improve local products.
There will be a series of seminars on developing trademarks for Vietnamese fruits on the world market as well of discussions n how to strengthen links between scientists, fruit growers, fruit processors and local authorities to improve the value of Vietnamese fruit.
Seminars will also focus on discussing ecological tourism enhancement models.
Of the festival’s 800 booths, 60 are selling fruit grown around the country at discounts of 5-20 percent.