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The agrotourism site in Ilocos Norte is re-attracted by sunflowers.

Thousands of sunflowers at this agro-tourism destination in the charming village of Maruaya in Piddig are now in full bloom once more, bringing visitors back to the Ilocos Norte town and giving local farmers a more reliable source of income.

The Piddig Organic Farmer’s Association created a two-hectare flower farm and food garden as part of Piddig’s agro-tourism initiative, which aims to showcase the town’s finest practices in sustainable agriculture and is situated around 25 kilometers, or less than an hour’s drive, from this city.

According to Harvey Adap, a municipal agriculturist in Piddig, the farm serves as an example of diverse organic agricultural systems and the convergence initiative program of the federal government.

“While we transform the farm into an agrotourism business, we also show our farmers how to diversify their farming operations to increase profits. With the assistance of various government organizations, we help them organize as a cooperative and use modern technology to increase their output; he told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday.

The farm’s brilliant artworks, which the villagers developed for immediate attractiveness in addition to rows of sunflowers, are another draw.

The Piddig agro-tourism initiative has increased local employment since it began in 2019, with farmers benefiting from selling various farm products and receiving entrance fees.
Farmworkers expressed gratitude for the region’s ongoing growth as it supports their way of life.

“I’m quite appreciative of this project. I learned much about modern farming as a business venture, said Piddig town resident Noel Gacho to the PNA on Thursday.

In addition to recruiting farm workers to care for the plants and animals, tourist guides have also been hired as visitors to the farm have begun to swarm.

Fruits and vegetables in season are also available for “pick and pay.” The Piddig sunflower farm keeps improving with new features and services each year.

This year, more Instagrammable locations are accessible, such as a lagoon with an island gazebo in the middle, a hobbit house or reading nook, a farm animal petting zoo, and a pond where guests may catch fish and cook them in leased cottages.

The farm now charges a PHP50 per person entrance fee. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. Even on holidays, the farm is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Creating a stone masonry slope protection on a section of the Maruaya Road is among the area’s most recent developments.

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