LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Mar. 10 (PIA) - - A Beatles song goes “Strawberry Fields Forever” . But can this be possible in the Strawberry farms of this capital town in the Swamp Area in barangay Betag here with the current pace of development?
Benguet Congressman Ronald Cosalan is batting for the preservation of the 40-hectare strawberry farmlands in the valley located in a Benguet State University property. However, maintaining the farmland will only be made possible through the amendment of the BSU Charter, he said.
About two months ago, Cosalan met with BSU President Feliciano Calora Jr to discuss the possibility of the amendment of the institution’s charter which includes the preservation of said area.
Cosalan recounted the town was once called the “Salad Bowl of the Country” as the valley used to have massive farms of highland vegetables but lost its identity when structures were erected in the gardens and have mushroomed through the years.
He said the strawberry fields should be maintained such that no structure would be erected in the area for the future generations to behold. Otherwise it may lose its identity as the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines.”
The Strawberry farm is one of the municipality’s agro-tourism vistas attracting lots of tourists who go for strawberry picking and buy other by-products and other goods any time of the year. The strawberry is the One-Town-One-Product of the municipality.
Meanwhile, Governor Crescencio Pacalso said La Trinidad’s Strawberry Festival held every March paves the way for tourists to make it known that strawberries including cutflowers and other vegetable commodities are produced here and not in Baguio. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)