Sunday, 20 May 2012

Agriculture Fair warm-up a great time


BY TAMMY DOTY
LAST Saturday morning’s Sabalu farmers market bustled with energy, residents and tourists, music and VIPs as a warm-up to this weekend’s Saipan Agriculture Fair.
Radio station KKMP provided the perfect back-drop of music and atmosphere filling the air with the tropical melodies of the islands complimenting perfectly a beautifully sunny morning.
PHI Pharmacy shared the space and celebrated its anniversary by providing the community with free blood pressure and blood sugar testing.
The festivities officially kicked-off when Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos arrived at 9 a.m. for the proclamation signing.
Joining Inos at the VIP table was Department of Lands and Natural Resources Secretary Arnold Palacios and Northern Marianas College President Dr. Sharon Hart as representative of the institution’s Cooperative Education and Extension services.
To the crowd’s delight Marianas High school sophomore and 4-H (head, heart, hands and health) member Maria Zinampan read aloud the proclamation that praised the diligent and crucial work of island farmers and declared this week as “Simanan Lanchero”  (week of the farmer).
Secretary Palacios thanked the farmers for their “sunrise to sunset dedication on behalf of the community…industries come and go but farming is one constant we can all count on.”
Hart spoke of her own upbringing as a farm girl and subsequent forays at tilling the land.
“Farming is my love as well and CREES is always here to help you,” expressed Hart.
Rep. Joseph Palacios, R-Saipan, encouraged the agriculture community to “market regionally... not a single piece of fruit or vegetable should be allowed to go to waste,” he stated.
This Saturday’s Sabalu Farmers Market at the 4-H Club building on Beach Road plays host to Saipan’s largest yearly farming and ranching event.
Saipan’s agriculture fair is the perfect family-friendly outing that allows children to get up close and personal with a variety of animals and home-grown fruits and vegetables.
Competition registration forms are available at the DLNR (Lower Base Road, 322-9830); NMC-CREES (234-5498 ex. 1709); Kagman agriculture station (256-3319); and Saipan Municipal Council (664-2700).
For only $50 island vendors are encouraged to participate in the fair for access to a group of wonderful customers.
Saipan’s Agriculture Fair is a collaborative effort among DLNR, NMC-CREES and the Saipan Agricultural Fair Association.
 Original Article Here

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