Benguet pushes Agri-tourism-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
La Trinidad, Benguet -- There was a time people thought strawberries came from trees.
A funny joke among locals seeing tourists flock to the kilometer 5 strawberry farms and look up, stretching their necks in search for the elusive strawberries.
If agricultural tourism booms in the province, no one will ever think this, reason Governor Nestor Fongwan is pushing for this type of tourism hype as a driving force for promotion in the province.
Fongwan said promotional efforts for the entire province will now focus on one of the emerging trends which is agricultural tourism. “This is the focus of the Adivay celebration,” the governor said.
Agri–tourism is a type of promotion which will highlight the province’s organic farming features as well as the good practices of highland farmers.
Provincial Tourism Officer Claire Prudencio said there are numerous farms in the province offering tour packages for visitors.
Prudencio said most visitors do not know the process of how vegetables are planted. “This is an experiential experience for the tourists,” he explained.
The aim of this kind of promotion is to educate as well as entertain visitors of how actual vegetables reach the dinner tables, showing how vegetables are planted, taken care of, harvested and then brought to the trading post to be sold.
There is now a piqued interest in organic farming as healthy living and eating as become top priority of the generation, the curiosity of how farming is done has also made its way to the mainstream.
There are a number of organic farmers who have made their patches of land both organic as well as open the public, featuring a small coffee shop or restaurant, utilizing the produce at hand to make the meals of costumers while they wait.
One of the pioneers in this kind of tourism is husband and wife team, Damaso and Bing Bangoet who set up Tomay Farm Resto in the late 90s, featuring dinning at a garden ambiance.
The whole experience will show visitors the life of an ordinary farmer, as well as acquaint urban dwellers of the rudiments of farming.
Prudencio said since the vegetable trading post has been one of the top grossers in tourism, the entire adventure before reaching the vegetable depot, will also attract attention.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 10, 2013.