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ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival 2018 and Food Fair in Yala

1 March 2018 (Readers 453)

All visitors are invited to join the 33rd ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival and a food fair, to be held at Khwan Mueang Park in the southern border province of Yala from 2 to 4 March 2018.
The barred ground dove is also called the Javanese dove, or the zebra dove. Known for their pleasant cooing calls, the birds are taken to competition fields and have become an economic animal.
Dove farming is now a lucrative business in the deep South and it generates supplementary occupations, such as those concerning the making of birdcages and the production of bird feed. Not only residents in Yala, but also those in other southern border provinces Pattani, Narathiwat, Satun, and Songkhla have raised Javanese cooing doves.
Organized jointly by the Yala City Municipality, the Yala Provincial Administration, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center, the ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival is a cultural event, held annually to promote the local way of life and tourism. It also aims to boost dove farming and stimulate the economy in the southern border provinces.
Each year, many dove raisers from Thailand and other ASEAN countries, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, bring their doves to compete at the ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival.
Mayor of the Yala City Municipality Pongsak Yingchonchaoen said that more than 3,000 Javanese doves are expected to join the ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival this year. In 2017, record high 3,200 Javanese doves participated in this annual competition, in which 1,600 million baht was in circulation.
He said that Yala has been developed as a "creative city, under the project "Yala Bird City. The festival has been found to help promote relations among the people of different faiths who share a mutual interest in dove raising and other cultural activities.
Apart from the festival, a food fair will also be held at the same area during the period, when native dishes of Yala will be offered to all visitors. Yala food is distinctive, as it reflects a mixture of Buddhist, Muslim, and Chinese cultures. A great number of foreign and local tourists visit Yala each year and the local food has become quite popular among them.
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