The group of Sen. Cynthia Villar that included a congressman and several provincial governors had great fun doing recreational activities as well as getting insights on leisure farms operation during their overnight stay at the Flying Cow Ranch in Miaoli, Taiwan.
Sen. Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, was the mission leader of the group that went on a study mission on best practices in agritourism in Taiwan, June 22-25, 2015.
The group included Rep. Carlos Padilla of Nueva Vizcaya, Gov. Nestor Fongwan of Benguet, Gov. Eustaquio Bersamin of Abra, Gov. Denis Habawel of Ifugao, Gov. Yevgeny Vincent B. Emano of Misamis Oriental, other government personnel and farmers.
They toured the dairy-based leisure farm where various farming activities are held like milking cows, watching duck parade, goat feeding, and other recreational activities that attract tourists.Sen.Villar and a few of her companions also tried their hands at milking a Jersey cow. The Jersey cow is said to produce milk with higher fat content than the milk of the Holstein Friesian and is considered better for cheese making.
At the DIY or Do-It-Yourself hall, the members of the mission enjoyed making pudding. Like children, they enjoyed beating the eggs and mixing the ingredients in making pudding. They also enjoyed eating the pudding that they made. They all agreed that similar DIY activities should be adopted by Philipping agritourist destinations to attract more visitors.
Coincidentally, Sen. Villar’s group and the Philippine media men and travel agents invited by the Taiwan Leisure Farmers Development Association were also visiting Flying Cow Ranch at the same time.
The two groups were able to talk to Jason Shih, one of the two founders of Flying Cow Ranch. This ranch is one of the most successful leisure farms in Taiwan. No less than 400,000 visitors visit the place every year.