Benguet’s Strawberry Festival canceled

The Strawberry Festival in Benguet’s capital town of La Trinidad has been canceled amid the growing cases of COVID-19 in the province, its mayor, Romeo Salda, announced.

The event is held yearly in March since 1981.Benguet recorded new infections, mostly from La Trinidad and the province’s mining district, records from the provincial health office showed, with 3,760 cases since March last year.

Among the biggest attractions of La Trinidad, known as the country’s “strawberry capital,” are the farms where tourists can pick ripe strawberries. But the fields are closed to visitors due to local regulations against leisure travel.

Records from the municipal agriculture office showed at least 700 strawberry farms in La Trinidad. In 2018, more than 1,000 metric tons of strawberries were produced in 49 hectares of the farms.

Last year, La Trinidad skipped the monthlong festival due to Luzon-wide lockdown from March to May and the subsequent quarantine.

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