Turn organic farms into tourism sites: FCBI head

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

WHILE waiting for harvest, entrepreneurs can turn their organic farms into agri-tourism sites, said a top official of a business organization.

This way, Filipino-Cebuano Business Club Inc. (FCBI) president Rey Calooy said income would still keep coming in while waiting for the organic livestock or vegetables to grow.

Calooy, who owns an organic farm in Leyte, said organic farming is not an easy job because unlike the commercial way of growing agricultural products, organic farming uses natural inputs to grow.


He said farmers can have another revenue stream by opening the farm as a tourism and learning site.

Calooy said some FCBI members who operate organic farms in their provinces have opened their sites for local government units (LGU) and educational tours. He said some even put up function rooms and cottages for those who wish to learn organic farming or those who spend their vacation in the farm.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) encouraged more farmers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and even overseas Filipino workers to establish organic farms that will serve as agri-tourism sites.

DA said this is to promote agribusiness as a profitable undertaking. It also urged farmers and agriculture industry stakeholders to adopt organic agriculture technologies to reduce production costs and make agricultural products more competitive in the international market.

Calooy said that as more Filipinos invest in agriculture, the country’s requirement on agri-products will be addressed while making prices affordable in the market.

ADB’s advisor for Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development Bank Lourdes Adriano said the country is facing robust demand but a weak food supply. She said that aside from re-investing in agriculture, the country needs new breed of farmers who are both science and technology-savvy.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 06, 2013.


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