Agritourism: Lifesaver for Farms

Coffee and tobacco farms in Panama increase their performance when they are used not only as farms but also as rural tourism destinations.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Agricultural production combined with recreation and tourist attraction has created additional financial income for Panamanian producers. According to statistics from the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) released by Laestrella.com.pa, the number of agritourism farms in the country rose from 28 in 2014 to 220 in 2015.

See also: "Panama: Sustainable Tourism in Ecological Reserves"

"... One of the main benefits offered by agritourism is that producers are kept in farm work and can generate other economic income. There are farms from border to border, from Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro to Darien. However, the largest number of farms is concentrated in Capira, Chiriqui, Cocle, Veraguas, Herrera ".

Agrotourism is also picking up momentum in Honduras. According to a statement by the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP), "... cultivated landscapes of tobacco and coffee are the destination for agrotourism in the east of the country. The extensive production and quality of tobacco or coffee in el Paraiso also ensure the generation of foreign exchange for the Honduran economy. "

The lure of coffee production is "... the process of cultivation, which from start to finish, is a natural spectacle from the seeds or berries in controlled greenhouses, to the seedbed, the transfer to the final destination, and watching the harvesters collecting the ripe grain. "

"... In the case of tobacco, each farm has its own exploration route, from nurseries, fields of large leaves and the exquisite aroma, female hands cutting the product, the transfer to drying houses and arrival at the factories where they will become export-quality cigars. "

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