Issue of September 17, 2017
Mt. Province

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LT dads want remaining fields of strawberries preserved
by Ofelia C. Empian

The Sangguniang Bayan of La Trinidad is asking Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan to initiate the filing of a bill that will ensure the remaining land areas at the Strawberry swamp shall be a no-build zone.

The resolution authored by Councilor Renato Tereng, states that a law prohibiting the conversion of the remaining land areas of Benguet State University, which owns a larger portion of the Strawberry swamp, can be effective for its preservation and conservation.

“Over the years, the expansion of urban areas adjacent to the agricultural lots of Benguet State University has led to considerable conversion of agricultural lands which has reduced land resources and agricultural productivity,” Tereng said.

The councilor also reiterated the importance of the Strawberry swamp in the town’s eco-tourism and its distinction from other towns in the country.

“The non-conversion of these remaining land paddies is a way of sustaining ecotourism promotion of the municipality of La Trinidad being identified as the country’s “Strawberry Capital,” he added.  

The resolution was forwarded to the Office of the Municipal Mayor and to the Office of the Congressman for their action.

The municipality identifies the Strawberry Fields, located in Barangay Betag, as one of its top tourist destinations where visitors get to pick and buy fresh strawberries.

The site measures about 20 hectares of strawberry farms and is owned and managed by BSU.

According to the website of La Trinidad, it is the only place in the country that produces strawberries in commercial scale. Current tourist activities include strawberry picking, farm tour, and shopping for pasalubong.

Research and development offices and facilities are also located within the area. It is also where the Benguet Agri-Pino Trading Center is located.

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