Local execs in Misamis Oriental plant "Kuyamis" coco to lure tourists

January 9, 2015 3:10 am 

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Jan. 8 — Provincial and municipal officials here planted 400 coconut seeds in Talisayan as part of the province observance of “Kuyamis Festival” this week.

Provincial Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said Thursday that the local officials planted the coconut seedlings on the second day of the “Kuyamis Festival” that kicked off Monday.

He said that the coconut seedlings are of the “Kuyamis” variety that has become rare. “The provincial agriculture office provided the rare Kuyamis coconut seedlings,” Emano said.

He said that the Kuyamis coconuts are sweet, fist-size, golden brown coconuts that could even munch its husk.“Actually, the Kuyamis coconuts are the staple food of the tribal natives of the province of Misamis during the pre-Spanish period,” Emano said.

He said that the provincial government is now propagating the Kuyamis coconut as a major component of the “Kuyamis Festival.”

“The provincial government formally launched the “Kuyamis Festival” last year as the provincial government embarks an ambitious tourism program here,” Emano said.

He said that the planting of the Kuyamis coconuts is part of the long-term tourism strategy where the native Kuyamis coconuts would become one of the major tourist attractions here in the future.

Emano said that the development of the tourism industry in Misamis Oriental had been superficial in the past provincial administrations.

“My administration is now seriously developing tourism as major revenue generating program of the local government in the future,” Emano said.

He said that employment, infrastructure development, and economic growth are among the products of a highly developed tourism industry. (PNA)



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