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DOST names Malaybalay farm as agro-tourist site

THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has named a farm in Malaybalay City as one of only four sites nationwide that will be under the Science for the Convergence of Agriculture and Tourism (SciCAT).

DOST 10 information officer Julie Anne Baculio identified such farm as the Mt. Kitanglad Agro Eco-Tourism Farm which is locate4d in Sinaburan, Imbayao, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

Baculio explained that SciCAT intends to develop the four farms as science-based tourism sites in partnership with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

New technology transfer modalities will be injected in these four farm sites to maximize the benefits of agriculture and tourism combined including environment-friendly and sustainable farm practices.

Baculio said that in particular at Mt. Kitanglad Agro Eco-Tourism Farm, it will be enhanced in its capability to produce chemical-free high value crop vegetables such as cabbage, sweet pepper, lettuce and mint.

Series of trainings will likewise be conducted to train 50 local and small-scale farmers in the area on how to apply these modalities as formulated by PCAARRD.

The 22-hectare farm is known for its recreation of Hobbit-like houses but it has more to showcase such as bird watching and agricultural learning.

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