Pangasinan 4th District Representative Christopher De Venecia said farm tourism will boost the economy.
The Pangasinan politiko made the statement following an exposure-seminar on farm tourism for members of the Special Committee of the North Luzon Growth Quadrangle in Los Baños.
“In farm tourism, the young and the old come together in exploring the beauty of farming as visitors invest in both knowledge and experience. It helps farms to diversify, increase their incomes while providing an avenue for farmers to exchange knowledge on effective and efficient ways of farming,” De Venecia said.
He cited the success of Costales Nature Farms, the first tourism business in the country.
“We were fortunate to have witnessed a fine example of farm tourism that boosted the economic activities in Majayjay, Laguna, by hiring locals as farm workers as well as spearheading small businesses like sari-sari stores, transient houses, etc. Truly, there is money to be made in farming,” De Venecia said.
“The success in farm tourism lies in the passion, physical presence, creative activities for guests to participate in, and the willingness to share success with the general public,” he added.