QC Country Fair Successful

Dr. Teddy Tepora before a standing-
room-only crowd.
Attendee from Bicol won the Mini Makopa
in the raffle
.
The organizers thought that they should come up with not just the common garden show that showcases nothing but ornamentals and flowering plants.
  
Thus, the leadership of the Cactus and Succulent Society headed by Dorie S. Bernabe decided to add some new features that are interesting to the public. That is why they thought of the Country Fair idea where agricultural produce, native delicacies, small farm animals, including a dog show were to be highlighted.

  Another innovation was the fact that the event was open free to the public. Ordinarily, garden shows charge entrance fees of P20 to P50 per person.

  Being a cactus group, they also opted to give special focus on the dragon fruit. The dragon fruit is a cactus that is not only for hobbyists but also for commercial farmers.

  And so they invited the most knowledgeable person to talk about dragon fruit production. And that was no other than Dr. Teddy F. Tepora of the Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite. His talk was most educational. He discussed the many economic possibilities of the dragon fruit as well as the problems that are encountered in growing the crop.

  As an indication of the keen interest of people in growing dragon fruit, the lecture room was standing room only. There were attendees from as far north as Piddig, Ilocos Norte to as far south as Zamboanga. There were attendees from Pangasinan, Bicol, Cagayan and many other places.

  Incidentally, the opening of the QC Country Fair & Garden Show was graced by no less than the Dragon Fruit Queen – Miss Susan Roces who also grows dragon fruit. She has become an inspiration to other people who now want to grow their own dragon fruit.

  There were also a lot of people who were interested in exotic fruit trees like pummelos, durian, rambutan, duku and longkong lanzones and many others. They particularly liked the excellent taste of the Vietnam pummelo that they sampled.

The talk on Sansevierias by Boyet Ganigan was also very revealing. Not many people know that there is a market for Sansevierias in the countries around the Philippines, particularly Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Australia and Japan. Boyet and his partner are now growing selected Sansevieria varieties for their target market. The beauty about Sansevierias is that they are very hardy and can be shipped without much problem.

There were actually two venues at the seminars that went on simultaneously. At the AANI Cluster, resource persons discussed aquaculture, organic farming, vermiculture, mango production and others.

One of the exhibitors at the AANI Cluster was Ernesto Abalos who showcased his Paraoakan chicken from Palawan, Nubian goat and dragon fruit planting materials. Pol Rubia also sold a lot of dragon fruit cuttings, as he displayed a sample of how to provide the proper support for growing dragon fruit. 

Of course, the cacti and succulent exhibits were also impressive. Irene Bernal got several first prizes, including the Best Plant In Show which is a Sansevieria Boncel, and the Best Cactus in the cactus category – her Uebelmaniana pectinifera. Lino Rom who has a nursery of ornamental plants also won several first prizes in different categories.
  
The best landscape in the Succulents category was won by Serapion S. Metilla while the best landscape in the Cacti and Succulents category was won by Norma Villanueva.


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