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About Myself:

Being the first born Grandchild to Grandparents who immigrated to the United States from Mexico, I was fortunate to learn about my Mexican Heritage first hand.

 My Grandfather Luis, "El Gato", was an entrepenuer at heart. He worked in the fields of the Imperial Valley when he first arrived from Mexico and eventually saved enough money to purchase melon trucks, one for each of his three Sons. 

I spent every summer as a young child with my Grandfather, Father and Uncles learning every facet of the cantaloupe business. We would begin in the Imperial Valley and end the season in Los Banos, California, the heartland of California. 

At 13 my Grandfather gave me a sack and I began learning how to pick cantaloupes. 

At 16 my Uncle showed me how to pack cantaloupes,honeydew and all mixed melons and later that summer I was given my first job in a melon packing shed in Los Banos Ca. 

I eventually became the shed foreman at that same packing shed and my involvement with melons w…

INDIA & ISRAEL COOPERATION: Centre of Excellence for mango to be set up at Ladwa ...

Press Trust of India / Chandigarh 

July 29, 2012, 19:35

The Haryana government will set up a Centre of Excellence for mango in collaboration with Israel at Ladwa in Kurukshetra district at a cost of Rs five crore.

The Union government has already accorded its approval for the project, an official spokesman said here today.

Some new mango varieties would be tried at this Centre, he said adding some high yielding varieties would be imported from Israel.

The Centre would facilitate establishment of new mango demonstration fields and new mango nurseries, the spokesman said.

The Haryana agriculture department is also promoting horticulture and organic farming, he said.

Taking initiative in the field of fruit production through organic farming, organic mangoes have been produced in village Kalesar in Yamunanagar district, the spokesman said.

These are now attracting consumers, mango lovers and farmers of the area.

The farmers had initiated organic farming of mangoes three years back, the spokesman s…