THE Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental launched on Monday, January 8, the farmers' market as one of the highlights of the annual Kuyamis Festival, which kicked off also Monday at the Capitol grounds.
Governor Yevgeny Emano said having the farmers' market as one of the highlights of this year's Kuyamis Festival gives the province's farmers a chance to showcase their produce within the Capitol compound.
Emano said the farmers' market is only one of many activities during the week-long festivities in time of the 88th founding anniversary of Misamis Oriental.
Various fun-filled activities, exhibits, displays and competitions are in store for this year's celebration which will culminate on Friday, January 12.
"Kini ang pinakanindot nga panahon nga mahatagan sa higayon ang atong mga mag-uuma nga mapalit ang ilang mga produkto (This is a wonderful opportunity for farmers selling their produce)," Emano said.
"Mayors' tourism officers we will be providing transportation to start to bring them to the Provincial Capitol. We will let them sell their products so we can be able to promote them," Emano added.
He said that beginning January 12, the farmers' market will also be held year round every Friday.
Emano said the farmers' market is aimed to display full organic products at the end of the year.
"Mura kinig merkado nga i-dispaly nila ang ilang mga produkto nga mga organic. Siguro at first, dili pa tanan organic but hopefully, sa fourth quarter 100 percent organic na gyud," Emano added.
Speaking before the crowd during the opening program of the Kuyamis Festival on Monday, Emano said the Capitol has been working to sustain the festive celebration anchored in the promotion of tourism as flagship program of the province.
"There were challenges and setbacks but we fought well and very hard that we came today for the 5th Kuyamis Festival," Emano added.
Highlighted during the opening day was the dance competition, which depicts about the Kuyamis.
Kuyamis is a variety of golden colored sweet coconuts that are smaller in size and are prevalent in the province.
Among the six towns that vied for the grand prize, Initiao hailed the grand winner, followed by Tagoloan at second place and Jasaan landed the third place. The winners received P50,000, P40,000 and P30,000 cash prize with trophies respectively.
Emano has commended all the towns and cities that participated the activities of Kuyamis Festival.
He said out of the 23 municipalities and two cities, 21 have took part and participated the activities.
"To the 21 who joined us they can be assured that we will cooperate to their tourism plan and their tourist destination labi na sa infrastructure," Emano said.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 09, 2018.