DAVAO CITY – The establishment of learning sites upholds the level of practical agriculture skills training among the farmers and fishers and strengthens the agribusiness in the rural and urban areas.
This was articulated by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) – Director Luz Taposok in the recent Regional Farm Tourism Summit.
Taposok underscored the importance of the ATI learning sites in the development of farm tourism. She stated, “Learning sites are alternative platforms to expand the reach of sustainable farm practices and disseminate the value of agriculture in the socioeconomic development of the country.”
She explained that pursuant to the Farm Tourism Development Act, the ATI learning sites showcase farm tourism camps and activities, promote adoption of sustainable farming and technologies for farm tourism, and serve as venue for adequate training and agricultural extension services for farm tourism practitioners and operators.
“ATI learning sites primarily ensures that farm tourism accreditation is facilitated and can be seen as a viable source of livelihood among smallholder farmers and agri-entrepreneurs,” she added.
The OIC-Director shared the general features and functions of ATI learning sites as well as its accreditation process. The proposed amendment of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Farm Tourism Development Act was also discussed during the activity.
The Regional Farm Tourism Summit was conducted to gather and orient the farmers in Davao Region and some parts of Mindanao on farm tourism development.
Spearheaded by the Department of Tourism – Region XI in collaboration with the Davao Region Farm Tourism Association, the Summit was held last October 17-18, 2018 in Davao Convention Center.