ATI Advocates Agri-Tourism as an Agribusiness Enterprise

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental – Confident that agri-tourism is a sustainable and a flourishing industry in the country, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) encourages more farmers and agri-land owners to develop their farms into an agribusiness enterprise.

As such, the Institute convened around 25 farmer-land owners, rural people, and agri-tourism experts in a workshop that was aimed to impart new ideas and techniques that will enable these individuals to develop, enhance, and manage agri-tourism projects in their respective farms.  The activity was highlighted by lecture-discussions on: the overview and situation of agri-tourism in the Philippines, in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and in Japan; field experiences of some well established agri-tourism farms in the country; and agri-tourism model and its potentials in agribusiness enterprise.

Moreover, the main workshop output was a set of agri-tourism guidelines that will later on be made into a guidebook of essential information on sustainable agriculture in an agri-tourism environment.  Discussion and exercise on Agribusiness Plan Writing was integrated in the activity so as to facilitate the crafting of the guidelines.

The activity, entitled “Consultative Workshop on Drafting Guidelines on Agri-Tourism Enterprise for a Sustainable Agriculture in an Agri-Tourism Farm Environment”, was held last September 3 to 7, 2012 at May’s Organic Garden (RU Foundry and Machine Shop) in Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod City.