Younger generation is getting more enticed to venture into agriculture
New Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that more and more people, especially the young ones, have been expressing interest to venture into agriculture and food production.
In a TV interview, Puyat said that a lot of people, aged 20 to 30, are now quitting their jobs to venture into agri business.
This, according to her, was driven by Madrid Fusion, which is the most important international gastronomy congress in the world.
The new DOT chief said that ever since Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM), the first and only Asian edition of Madrid Fusion, was held here, the interest to engage in food production has been more apparent among aspiring young entrepreneurs.
Because of this, a lot of people are now interested to visit different farms in the country to learn how food commodities are being produced.
“Ngayon para na nga akong tour guide kasi lahat gustong sumama sa akin sa Cordillera [o] sa Bukidnon… kahit saan… para lang ma-meet ang ating mga farmers. At napansin ko marami na sa ating mga kabataan merong jobs but they decided to become farmers but of course mangilan-ngilan yan pero marami-rami na rin,” Puyat said.
“Ang napansin ko sa ating mga millenials ngayon, I actually love them because they love local they want to support local di ba ang hilig-hilig niyo ngayon pag may masarap na pagkain ipo-post sa instagram,” she added.
As of now, there is a law in the Philippines that requires the government to develop the country’s farm tourism sector and encourage people to visit farms.