Swim or pollinate your way to HCM City fish ‘n’ flower fest
|Poor little petunia in an onion patch: Tao Dan Park will host the first festival of ornamental fish, flowers and bonsai trees and flowers. — VNS Photo|
Local authorities are gearing up for the first festival of orna-mental fish, bonsai trees and flowers at Tao Dan Park in HCM City.
Organised by the HCM City Association of Ornamental Fish, Bonsai Trees and Flowers, the festival runs from September 1-3.
Indigenous and foreign ornamental fish and trees will be featured at more than 70 booths manned by farmers’ associations, handicraft villages and business people involved in agriculture.
“The festival will create opportunities for foreign investment in the country’s agricultural activities and improve trade ties between local agricultural producers and their foreign partners,” Truong Hoang, deputy head of the city’s Agricultural and Rural Area Development Steering Board, said.
“Our organisers have received help and support from the city People’s Committee and other offices and organisations,” Hoang, head of the festival’s organising board, said.
Hoang also said that his association invited farmers’ associations in China, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan and the US to participate in the event.
Well-known handicraft villages and farmers’ associations in HCM City, Ha Noi and in the provinces of Binh Duong, Ben Tre, Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Quang Nam will introduce their products at the festival.
The festival will offer visitors a glimpse of the latest in ornamental fish, bonsai plants and flowers, and related services.
A variety of seminars focusing on investment activities and doing business in the field will also take place during the event.
“We have been busy creating favourable conditions for the festival’s participants to do business and marketing,” said Hoang.
Booming bonsai biz
“We hope this festival will encourage companies to invest in ornamental fishes and trees,” said Nguyen Nhung, director of the Ha Quang Co-operative in HCM City’s Cu Chi District.
Nhung hopes the festival will help his export business. “Our yearly income from ornamental fish and trees is more than US$100,000. We are finding ways to increase this number,” he said.
Located in Phu Hoa Dong, a traditional handicraft village, Ha Quang is well known in the area for its varied products of high quality.
It breeds ornamental fish, makes bamboo furniture and ceramics, and grows bonsai plants and flowers.
It also makes banh trang (rice paper), which is used as a wrapping for rolls of vegetables and bits of meat or seafood.
Nhung said his co-operative plans to build a traditional handicraft and tourist area in a 500-ha plot in Phu Hoa Dong.
Hoang said only 1,000ha was available in HCM City for breeding and growing ornamental fish and bonsai, accounting for only one per cent of the city’s arable land.
“City authorities were working toward sustainable agricultural development through local farms’ varied products in recent years, providing financial support to handicraft villages like Phu Hoa Dong,” he said.
For more information, contact the HCM City Association of Ornamental Fish, Bonsai Trees and Flowers, 14M Dang Van Ngu Street, Phu Nhuan District, HCM City. Phone (08) 842 2326. — VNS