THE municipality of La Trinidad has partnered with the League of Associations at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Area for the first highland vegetable industry week.
Felicitas Ticbaen, chair of the steering committee and municipal agriculturist, said highlights of the vegetable week include the Highland Vegetable Salad Toss and Serving dubbed as “Vegelicious” set at 600-800 kilograms of vegetable salad to serve 4,000 to 5,000 people on July 12.
Themed: "Sustaining the Highland Vegetable Industry for a vibrant economy," the three-day celebration is set on July 10-12 at the municipal gym.
On July 11, several highland vegetable agri-skills competitions are set, with a musical solo contest open to the barangay or associations. Contestants will be asked to compose a song in the local dialect related to vegetable industry.
Other activities include vegetable landscaping and vegetable "Pinaka" contest, which is open for all farmers to display their biggest, heaviest products.
A vegetable fun run is also slated. It is open to senior citizens and visitors.
During the activity, vegetables will also be displayed and participants are given seconds to run and obtain vegetables of their liking.
Ticbaen said a participant must at least get a minimum of five commodities.
Other activities are vegetable carving contest, folk media contest, vegetable Salad making contest and Vegetable Pizza Making contest.
On July 10, the opening program of the highland vegetable week is set with Representative Nestor Fongwan Sr. as guest speaker. Also set is the opening of mini-agro fair for interested enthusiasts and entrepreneurs and line agencies.
The Benguet State University and the Department of Science and Technology will also showcase researches to improve vegetable production and post-harvest and marketing.
An open forum for truckers of vegetables and cut flowers, forum from the Department of Agriculture, and updates on organic agriculture will be done to appraise concerns of the agriculture sector.