Source: Agriculture Philippines
28 June 2017
Hundreds of public elementary school pupils and high school students in six pilot towns in this province have become taller and heavier, thanks to a School Garden Program being implemented jointly by government agencies and a Philippine-hosted Southeast Asian center based here.
Officially named "A Participatory Action Research on School-...Read more
CHIANG MAI, Thailand – An official from Myanmar underscored the potential of social forestry (SF) in the development of small and medium scale enterprises in ASEAN. Dr. Phyu Phyu Win, Assistant Director of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Policy and International Affairs of Myanmar's Ministry of Industry, shared her country's experiences and insights at the recently concluded 7th ASEAN...Read more
The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) conferred the only summa cum laude award at this year's graduation rites to Mr. Arnel B. Villancio, Jr., a BS Agriculture student.
In his valedictory message during the 45th UPLB Commencement Exercises, Mr. Villancio underscored the role of agriculturists in seeking ways to ensure food security.Though Mr. Villancio said farmers, not...Read more
SEARCA honors its graduating scholars at the Testimonial Program held on 22 June 2017. On its 50th year anniversary, 50 scholars earned their MS and PhD degrees, 23 of whom obtained their degrees in SEARCA's overseas study posts. Out of the 35 MS and 15 PhD graduates, 25 were supported by the joint collaboration with the International Development Centre (IDRC) of Canada, while six were...Read more
Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio M. Balisacan was guest speaker at the 2017 Hooding Ceremony and Recognition Rights for Graduate Students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) held on 23 June 2017. Dr. Balisacan, was informed by SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. that 50 PhD and MS students from all over Southeast Asia had completed their...Read more
Mr. Arsenio D. Bulfa, Jr., MS Soil Science, presents the first part of his thesis titled "Measurement of Carbon Dioxide in Corn Cob Biochar-amended Acid Soil Added with Different Types of Fertilizers."
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Source: The Manila Times
23 June 2017
The International Labor Organization is urging the Philippines to adopt an ILO model for skills competency standard in agriculture to help increase the number of farmers in the country, as the average age of Filipino farmers age is now 57.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has proposed to...Read more
Source: Philippine News Agency
22 June 2017
MANILA, June 22 -- The Philippines is urged to adapt an International Labor Organization (ILO) model for skills competency standard in agriculture to raise dwindling number of farmers - threatening food security as average Filipino farmers' age is 57 years.
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Agritourism in the Philippines - untapped potential
“Agritourism is not for everyone, it’s a niche product but it has a lot of potential”, asserted Prof. Eli Paolo Fresnoza, Assistant Professor at UP’s Asian Institute of Tourism during SEARCA’s Agriculture and Development Seminar Series on 5 July 2011 at the Drilon Hall.
As a hybrid concept fusing together the elements of the tourism and agriculture industries, agritourism can be harnessed as a form of special interest tourism focusing on the unique travel experiences and activities that people can have in agricultural settings. When people travel, it is the attraction or experience that people go for; if food and beverage, accommodation and transportation are included in the package, even a farm can be a tourist destination. Prof. Fresnoza explained that agritourism is sustainable tourism as it marries the concept of enjoyment with resource management, community empowerment, cooperation, fair trade and diversification. Moreover, agritourism does not need large capital investment outlay because many existing farm sites just need to be enhanced.
In 2002, with the vision of the Philippines becoming the premier agritourism destination in Asia, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) worked with the UP Asian Institute of Tourism on a manual that identified initial agritourism sites all over the country such as the C & B Orchid Farm in San Rafael, Bulacan, Sonya’s Secret Garden in Alfonso, Cavite, Oroverde in Guimaras, and Del Monte Plantation in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. In recent years, more agritourism sites have been developed including Bohol Bee Farm in Dauis, Bohol, Dragon Fruit Farm in Burgos, Ilocos Norte and The Farm at San Benito, Batangas.
As the agritourism sector is still largely private-sector-driven, a few challenges to meeting agritourism’s potential in the Philippines include confusion on which government agency will lead the potential (Is it DOT or DA?), and limited standardization and accreditation. Prof. Fresnoza put forward a few specific recommendations to meet these challenges. These include: education and curriculum development in secondary and post-secondary schools, improvement of access to capital, technical training and accreditation and certification, setting up of an agritourism center for research, development and innovation as well as an agritourism destination marketing bureau.
“Harnessing agritourism opportunities is key to regional development”, Prof. Fresnoza reiterated. This can be done in two ways. One is the bottom-up approach, where established farms approach DOT and DA to help them market and promote the experiences they offer. The other is the top-down approach, where through training and financial grants, the two departments help farms that have potential but lack the capability to market their destinations.
DISCLAIMER: The point of view taken by this article is entirely that of the presenter's and does not reflect in any way, SEARCA’s position.