The 16th Negros Island Organic Farmer’s Festival at the North Capitol Road in Bacolod City was a success with sales hitting P2,752,506.83, Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Monday, Nov. 20.
The sales at this year’s festival that was joined by the Terra Madre Visayas slow food exhibitors was P1.8 million higher than last year’s that was P920,520.75, or by about 200 percent.
This year sales on Nov. 15 hit P429,135.50, Nov. 16 – P533,730, Nov. 17 – P601,638.46,
Nov. 18 – P566,694.64, and Nov. 19 – P621,308.23.
The sales were high during the weekend despite the rain, the governor said.
Lacson said he will ask the Negros Oriental officials if they are ready to host the 17th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival next year.
This would get Negros Oriental really interested and to look forward to this yearly event, Lacson said.
Winners during this year’s festival were Almario Senoro – best organic farmer practitioner, Marlon Cajenta – best farming family and Eva Dela Cruz – best agricultural extension worker implementing organic agriculture, Acting Provincial Agriculturist Dina Genzola said.
Meanwhile, the best booth winners were Negros Oriental – processed category, Pontevedra local government unit – fresh category, Hearty’s Urban Garden of Maria Corazon Acaba – plants/herbs/ornamentals category, and SFC Capiz of Francis Erika Lim – arts and crafts category, Genzola said.*