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DAR pushes for agro-tourism

mindatimesTHE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform has advised cooperatives in the city to promote more agro-tourism projects, citing the tramline bi-cable project in Cadalian, Baguio District awarded to the Farmers Development Cooperative (Farmdevco).

Speaking to around 200 agrarian reform beneficiaries, DAR undersecretary for support services Rosalina Bistoyong advised the farmers to maximize the benefits coming from agencies like the Department of Agriculture, aside from DAR.

Bistoyong said that the tramline is used to transport bananas and other products was not only ingenious in terms of solutions, it was also cheaper compared with projects such as farm to market roads.

“Nakita namin kung paano magtransport ang tram line ng produkto galing sa isang bundok papunta sa market,” Bistoyong said.

The government doesn’t necessarily need to create farm to market roads or bridges, she said.

“Pag tulay po ang ating pinatayo diyan, billion po ang ating kailangan,” she said, citing the funds necessary for the creation of some projects.

“It’s a very good way of understanding kung ano ang pangunahing pangangailangan ng mga magsasaka,” she said.

“We speak of bridges and multibillion projects, and farm to market roads na minsan ay ‘farm to my market road,’” she said.

Projects like the tram line allowed farmers to access solutions that efficiently transported products of farmers in remote areas such as Cadalian, located around one and a half hour from the city’s downtown area.

“About P3.5 million worth ang proyektong yan. Gawin nating agro tourism,” she said.

She added that the proponents of the project should seek assistance from the DA for another tram line.

“Pwedeng pag-usapan ng DA para mas malaki ang kita ninyo,” she said.

Products like cacao, coffee, durian, pomelo, mangosteen, grapes and assorted vegetables are among the products being loaded and transported via the tramline according to a copy of the Philmech document outlining the project.

Beneficiaries number around 150 in a 200 hectare service area.The city’s amended tourism code promotes agrotourism as one of the city’s main thrusts in terms of tourism projects.

Source: http://mindanaotimes.net/dar-pushes-for-agro-tourism/
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