The Department of Tourism Western Visayas plans to conduct a farming system research to increase productivity and economically visible and environmentally sustainable technologies to improve the farm tourism industry in the region.
This is among the priorities that DOT-6 identified in the Regional Farm Tourism Strategic Action Plan consultation and workshop that ended Friday in Iloilo City, Negros Occidental Provincial Supervising Tourism Operations officer, Cristine Mansinares, said yesterday.
Mansinares said in an email that during the event, each province identified specific activities, programs, and projects for implementation until 2022, and created a plan that focused on various aspects of farm tourism development in Western Visayas.
Tourism officers, owners of DOT-accredited farm sites, members of the Panay Organic Producers Association, and regional representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Public Works and Highways, attended the activity.
Negros Occidental was represented by personnel from the Provincial Tourism Office, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and three DOT-accredited farm tourism sites, the Rapha Valley, May’s Garden, and the Twenty Six Herb Garden.
Among the aspects given focus during the planning were the provision of technical and financial assistance in the investment and promotion of farm tourism, conduct of market research on trends, prospects, and innovation on farm tourism;
Establish farm tourism standards, conduct product development/enhancement and market promotion, conduct farming system research to increase farm productivity, develop economically-visible and environmentally sustainable technologies, conduct institutional and human resources development, and provide infrastructure support facilities and utilities, Mansinares said.
Among the tourism issues tackled in the event are infrastructure and product development, market promotion, manpower trainings, investment promotion and financing incentives, and priority interventions that will catalyze growth in local communities, she also said.
The event also aims to further support the product development and marketing efforts of our existing and potential farm tourism sites, and prioritize the farm tourism standards through DOT accreditation, she said in an earlier report.*
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