DOT identifies 12 integrated agri-tourism sites in CALABARZON
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has recently identified 12 farm sites in CALABARZON that can be promoted as tourism sites, which will be done through major integration efforts.
“The envisioned integration of tourism and farming allows more efficient resource utilization which can provide jobs, increase income, business opportunities, and reduce urban migration,” DOT Regional Director Rebecca Villanueva-Labit said in an earlier farm tourism workshop organized by Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).
SEARCA has been particularly pushing for the development of the farm tourism sector, recognizing that it is a way to integrate small farmers into the bigger supply chain. Besides, it promotes practice of environment-friendly agriculture.
“Farm tourism has the potential to sustain agricultural practices due to a steady stream of income that is less dependent on weather, markets, pests, or diseases.” said Labit.
According to SEARCA, the following farms will be integrated into group destinations: Kaharian Farm, Lipa, Batangas; Forest Wood Garden, San Pablo City, Laguna; Ato Belen’s Farm, San Pablo City, Laguna; Costales Nature Farms, Majayjay, Laguna; Flor’s Garden & Nature Haven Inc., Antipolo City, Rizal; Teofely Nature Farms, Silang, Cavite; Domingo Permafarms, Antipolo City; Chad’s Nature Farm, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas; Nurture Farmacy, Amadeo, Cavite; Terra Verde Ecofarm, Maragondon, Cavite; Moca Family Farm, Padre Garcia, Batanags; and Graco Farms, Pila, Laguna.