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During the opening ceremonies of the 2013 St. Croix Agriculture and Food Fair which was attended by many farmers living in VIRGIN ISLANDS REAL ESTATE, Aberra Bulbulla
was named Crop Farmer of the Year, the fifth time he has been awarded the title.

“I feel really good about being chosen again,” Bulbulla said. “It’s a pleasure to watch fruit grow. Tropical fruit is fantastic and there are thousands of different kinds. Tropical fruit is an untapped resource here,” said Bulbulla, who grows more than 40 different varieties of fruit.

Errol Chichester, deputy commissioner of agriculture and director of crop exhibits, said Bulbulla has a well laid out farm where he dug two wells for drip irrigation, and has grafted trees to ensure improved production.

Pedro Gonzalez was named the Livestock Farmer of the Year for his prize winning swine. Gonzalez, a 38-year-old who farms 250 acres in Estate Wheel of Fortune, said “I’ve been farming all my life,” he said. “I have a passion for farming and I hope to get rich farming.”

A memorial award was also given to honor Hildred Stevens, who passed away in December. Stevens was a member of the fair food and refreshment committee.