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)