DAVAO CITY Oct. 15 (PIA)-A two-day convergence on farm tourism aims to boost productivity of agricultural areas in the region.
The Regional Farm Tourism Convergence which will be held from October 17 to 18 at the Davao Convention and Trade Center will gather farmers from all around the region.
The event is a joint project of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Davao Farm Tourism Association (DAFTA).
"This is one way of addressing food security because we observed many farmers have abandoned their farms opting to drive habal-habal (passenger motorcycles) because of the small income from their farms," Val Turtur, president of the DAFTA said.
With farm tourism they can get other sources of income aside from the produce in their farm.
"Its killing three-birds with one stone. Once you are engaged in farm tourism you see it that you will maintain your farm, you clean it and make it presentable to tourists, by maintaining the farm you will increase its production and third you have additional income from tourists who are willing to pay for your produce," Turtur said.
The farm tourism convergence is an implementation of Republic Act 10816 or the Farm Tourism Act which provides for the development and promotion of farm tourism in the Philippines.
The city has several farm tourism sites such as the Malagos Garden Resort which is a cacao plantation. Among its must-visit attractions is the only Chocolate Museum in the country where visitors get to make their own chocolates with cocoa sourced from inside the plantation.
Bemwa Farms in the hinterlands of Davao City is another popular farm destination known for its strawberries. Eden Nature Park has organically grown vegetables as part of its attractions.
The two-day convergence will have lectures and farm tours. The farmers will get a hands-on experience and learn best practices which they can duplicate in their own farms. (PIA/RG Alama)