Yamang Bukid Farm to host reg’l agri execs summit

Published: February 22, 2020 02:22pm | PUERTO PRINCESA CITY


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—-After drawing over a quarter of a million tourists last year, Yamang Bukid Farm is setting its sights on becoming a prime destination for agriculture learning, with its hosting of a gathering of dozens of agriculture executives in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) region late this month.

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Some 40 executives from Department of Agriculture are scheduled to hold a live-in summit at the 20-hectare farm tourism destination in Barangay Bacungan on Feb. 24-28, according to Elaine Durian, Yamang Bukid Farm executive assistant.

The four-day gathering will also include the participation of various stakeholders of the learning sites and practical agriculture institutions in the region, said Durian.

“We will give them the utmost hospitality the Yamang Bukid Farm way,” said Durian, adding the Farm will provide the venue, food, accommodations and some training facilities to summit participants.

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A new convention hall made of mixed materials and can accommodate over 50 people is now being built near the farm’s entrance. The building is expected to have been completed and ready for use before the summit begins.

In pitching Yamang Bukid Farm as host for agriculture training and meetings, Durian said the farm has a vast area where sustainable agriculture and good farming practices are being done and which can give an excellent immersive experience for training participants.

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“We have agriculturists and technicians who are well-trained by DA’s Agriculture Training Institute (DA-ATI) and farmers who can give hands-on lessons and experience,” she said.

Yamang Bukid Farm has consultants who can also give scientific inputs about agriculture and the Farm’s farming methods, Durian added.

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As a bonus, participants will get a chance to taste Yamang Bukid Farm’s delectable food treats, with ingredients of dishes of freshly picked and harvested organically-grown vegetables, native chickens and healthy drinks and refreshments.

(Juan Lim)


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