Agritechture is in

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By Edna Garde

Edible Landscape

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


AGRI-TOURISM in Negros Occidental may be a thing of the past if we are to recall our farm exposures of mobile learners that come and come again from other regions in the Philippines, and even tourists from other countries.

But agri-tour to the organic farms is still in demand, gauging from the number of requests for tour from other provinces. Why? It is because more and more tourists have been coming in to Negros to learn from the organic farmers’ experience.

Farmers, students, officials from local government units and, academes, entrepreneurs, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), people’s organization (POs), cooperatives, and national government agencies (NGAs) are the most prominent groups that come and visit the organic farms in Negros Occidental.

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Some of them used see our farms only through the Internet, while some learn about it from the tales of those who have come to these farms.

The visitors’ top destination for organic farms is the farm of the Magasasaka Siyentista (MS), Ramon Peñalosa Jr. of Victorias City.

He was an awardee of Organic Farming in Western Visayas in 2012. As MS under the FITS (Farmers Information Technology Services) Center of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Negros Occidental, he is consistent in teaching learners who come to his farm his own experiences for agri-business through organic agriculture.

But lately, he did not just introduce integrated farming system/organic agriculture to the tourists but opened up the opportunity for them to learn the art of combining agriculture and architecture.

That, you can see for yourself not just in his farm, but even from the other farms also in the province. Many professionals in the field have attended the seminar he and his son Andrew, offered to them and learn the art of combining agriculture and architecture.

But, of course, the organic farms in Negros Occidental have such art to showcase also. That is what we thank God for, as development-oriented extension workers here—that more and more private farms are turning into agritechture farms and tourists hub as they are often visited by people from other places not just within the country but even from outside.

Recently, I learned that more farms are accepting tourists not just to learn something on organic agriculture but to see for themselves how the art of agriculture is combined with the art of architecture. Some of you who have not visited the likes of May’s Organic Garden, The Ruins, Rapha Valley, Weekend Market, Campuestohan and many more might as well try visiting them.

Welcome to the new world of agritechture!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 01, 2014.

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