DA to convert research station to agro eco tourism spot
The Davao Region Upland Agriculture Research Station (DARUARS) will soon convert a 429-hectare land into an agro eco tourism area, said Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Regional Director for Research and Regulations Angelina Pancho.
According to Pancho, part of the planned development includes the establishment of sloping agricultural land technology (SALT), a building for goat production, and creeks for fish production within the DARUARS site.
“This [429 hectares] has a big potential to become an agro eco tourism area. We can conduct research about climate resilient crops here and put more buildings which can help the farmers as well as the IPs,” Pancho said.
As part of the plan, a multipurpose Research & Development (R&D) facility will be developed within the complex.
Digna Sandoval, head of Institutional Development Division of DA’s Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), said the donated Multipurpose R&D facility is part of the agency’s Institutional Development Grant (IDG).
BAR’s IDG program supports the acquisition of scientific and information technology equipment, including the establishment and renovation of R&D facilities of the National Research and Development System for Agriculture and Fisheries-member institutions.