Davao’s Paquibato district to become agri-tourism area

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Paquibato district in Davao City may soon be an agri-tourism attraction, as the local government has designed an agricultural framework for the area.

Councilor Marissa Abella said a strategic and integrated agri-tourism plan is one of the components of the Davao City Peace Advisory Committee.

The agricultural framework, dubbed as the Paquibato Economic Advancement though Crop Expansion (PEACE INC.), aims to:
– use the crop development to address poverty and achieve inclusive economic growth
– serve as an integration point or convergence of government and private sector development interventions
– highlight an influenced peace development in Paquibato District

“We will put up a federation of agri-cooperatives under the corporation because it is not taxable and it has a good reputation in the international trade relation,” Abella said (http://davaotoday.com/main/politics/govt-eyes-agri-tourism-for-paquibato/).

Abella also said efforts are ongoing for 22 additional agricultural organized coops, eight of which are indigenous people’s agricultural cooperatives.

The corporation will coordinate with the City Agriculture Office, veterinaries, and local cooperatives.

Other members and shareholders of the PEACE INC. are the cacao, livestock and research experts and the traders.

Abella said PEACE INC. will focus on the production of cacao, coconut, banana, and livestock, with some 25 hectares of agro-industrial land being eyed to become processing venues in Paquibato for cacao fermentation and coco sugar production.

PEACE INC. will also access grants from government agencies and other private organizations and major banking loans to develop the area especially in areas owned by indigenous peoples.

Meanwhile, Abella said the government is eyeing grants and loans from Agricultural Credit Policy Council, Agri Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, Agricultural Guarantee Fund Pool, Department of Agrarian Production Credit Program, Philippine Rural Development Program and some regular programs from the Department of Agriculture.

Last week, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said some P6 million was allocated by the city for the Magnegosyo ta Day Program to add to the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) fund of P2 million for the construction of a chocolate factory in the area.