Would you believe that an organic farm in Palawan that is barely three years old is now attracting as many as 10,000 visitors a week? Yes, and the place is in a remote barangay some 28 kilometers from the center of the city where public transport does not regularly ply. It is now considered a prime farm tourism destination by the Palawan tourism office.
Yes, that is the Yamang Bukid Farm, a 40-hectare property in Brgy. Bacungan, Puerto Princesa City. Hope Alas, the magna cum laude graduate in Tourism, says that 2,000 to 4,000 visitors arrive during Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. During ordinary days, around a thousand visit the farm coming from near and distant places outside of Palawan.
They have a different strategy in attracting visitors compared to other tourist destinations. One flower farm in Puerto Princesa is reported to be charging P900 as entrance fee. On the other hand, at YBF entrance is free. Why so? So that even those who cannot afford to pay can visit the farm and enjoy the flowers and other attractions.
The strategy has been paying off. Because of the big number of visitors, the two restaurants in the farm are enjoying brisk business. They make P2.7 to P3 million a month. And there are other sources of income such as the short courses sponsored by TESDA and the Agricultural Training Institute. Currently training is a batch of traInees sponsored by TESDA at P3.5 million. Another allocation is from the ATI.
Another money maker is organic lettuce. Starting March 2020, the farm will produce 200 kilos every day. At P200 per kilo, that’s a big income for the farm.
So let’s give a big hand to Yamang Bukid Farm!