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Costales Graces 1st Farm Tourism Conference in region 10

Costales Graces  1st Farm Tourism Conference in region 10

Mr. Ronald Costales, Chairman of Costales Nature Farm was the Guest of Honor during the 1st Farm Tourism Conference in Region 10 at held at Veranda, Casisang, Malaybalay City on December 10-12, 2014. Mr. Costales talked about the Challenges and Opportunities in Farm Tourism to the 50 producers and processors who attended the activity. The participants are all active partners of ATI in its programs such as the Arms to Farms, Learning Sites, Techno Gabay Program, Farm Business School, Farmer Scientist Technology Program, Rural Based Organizations, and trainings such as Training of Trainers and Farmer Field Schools.

Selected partners were requested to talk about their farms. The presentors were: Henry Binahon of Binahon Agro Forestry Farm, Benjamin Maputi of Mt. Kitanglad Agro Eco Techno Demo Center, Dioselyn Manaran of Veranda, Jaya Bayag of The Secret Garden, Aga Dimakuta of Aga Diversified Farm, Kumander Esmael Sarip of Sarip Farms, Honorio Cervantes of  Cervantes Diversified Farm, Rosito Guiritan of Levi Spring Farm, Marlon Guiñabo of Guiñabo Diversified Farm Ernesto Leonar of E & N Farms, and Ronnie Baliton of Sweet Farms.The participants also visited The Secret Garden of Mr. and Mrs. Junah Bayag, an urban garden at the heart of Malaybalay City.

The participants also brought a picture of their farms or their products which they pasted in the farm tourism wall. They also brought samples of their products or produce which were displayed in the tables outside the hall.

The turn-out was very encouraging. The products brought were worthy of promotion. The participants were very active in exchanging ideas on how to improve their farms and their products. Strategies were also shared in the promotion of the farm towards becoming a farm tourism site.

The participants then clustered themselves by province so that they could devise a strategy to harmonize farm tourism initiatives. Each province or cluster then selected a representative to join the regional cluster. The regional cluster then selected their interim President, Mr. Henry Binahon of Binahon Agro Forestry Farm (BAFF).

A bigger Farm Tourism Conference is planned for 2015.