• Tourism is globally
recognized as an engine of growth of in the various economics in the world and
several countries including India have utilized tourism to generate large scale
employment and additional income sources to the skilled and unskilled. All the
more, it has helped in economic development of the distantly located areas
where industries can’t reach like Ladakh, deep interiors of the North East
• However, in recent times,
Agro-tourism is an innovative agricultural activity related to tourism and
agriculture both. It has immense potential to create jobs and source of income
to the locals specially farmers. Thus it saves exodus from farming lands to
• Maharashtra, Odisha,
Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, North Eastern States, Gujarat are major stats
where there one can get enough opportunities to experience Agro tourism or
Rural Tourism or have the potential.
• Reference of Agro tourism
in India, Ho’ble President in his address on 9/06/2014, 2014 and BJP Manifesto
i.e., Employment opportunities by promoting tourism and Agro-based industries
augur well for boosting Agro-tourism.
2. Our objective is to look
into the specific areas to ascertain how we can make proper utilization of
Agro-Resources and that is Agro-importance in the states referred to hence the
urgent need of a brain storming sessions on this subject and get inputs of
Areas to look into:-
I. To define suitable frame work for the agro-tourism centers in
view of marginal and small farmers involved.
II. To industry the problems of the agro-tourism and make
suggestions how to move forward for operations of agro-tourism.
III. Focus will be on employment opportunity as co-activity for
the farmer’s rural people. It gives new look for agri-business.
3. Agro tourism concept is
business on specialized agro-tourism destinations generally offer things to see
things to do, and produce or gifts to buy and are open to public Agro tourism
is defined as travel that combines agricultural or rural settings with products
of agricultural operations all within a tourism experience often farmers offer
tours to their agricultural farm, provide entertainment for the Urban people.
4. It can also be interpreted
as Agro tourism is a way of sustainable tourist development and multi activity
in rural areas through which the visitor has the opportunity to get aware with
agricultural area, agricultural occupations, local agro products, traditional
food and the daily life of the rural people as well as the cultural elements
and traditions. Moreover, this activity brings visit for closer to nature and
rural activities in which they can participate be in framing, be entertainment
and feel the pleasure of travelling an experience which is either not available
in tourists own country once totally different experience.
5. The essential requirements
to Agro-tourism centers may include
I. Home stays or base
accommodation facilities nearer to the venue.
II. Farm house with rural ambience, comfortable with minimum
required basic facilities.
III. Rich resources in agro culture mainly water, electricity and
IV. Local ethnic food in cooking facilities for tourists as they
may like to cook themselves.
V. Cooking equipment’s
VI. Drinking water.
VII. Emergency medical care with first aid box.
VIII. Some lakes, swimming lakes for fishing swimming.
IX. Bullock Cart (local Farm movements/tractors etc) cattle shed.
X. Telephone facilities.
XI. Local entertainment.
XII. Local Handicraft participative also for tourists to get
firsthand knowledge or to carry as souvenir.
XIII. Some local study /reference material.
XIV. Green house, Arrival Farm, Breeding etc.
XV. Local sports where in the tourists can participate and come
nearer to culture.
XVI. Information booklet about local culture, arts, crafts,
fashion Do’s & Don’ts.
XVII. Bullock Cart riding, horse riding, fishing facility
XVIII. Fruits, Ground nuts, Sugar cane, spices as per
XIX. Safety of tourists.
6. Difference between
Agro-Tourism and Tartional Tourism
Agro-tourism also a tourism business but it is deferent from the
common tourism because it has a base of agriculture and rural lifestyle.
Generally tourism has provided to see and enjoy the natural places as well as
some heritage. But, agro-tourism has a tourism with includes experiences,
education and cultural transformation. It very special from general tourism in
the following manner:-
• It provides pollution and
noise free sites for travel and tourism at rural background.
• The cost of food,
accommodation, recreation and travel is minimum in agro-tourism
• Agro-tourism can satisfy
the curiosity of urban peoples about sources of food, plants, animals and
industrial agro-raw materials.
• It provides information
about the rural handicrafts, languages, culture, tradition, dresses and
• A family environment at
the tourist place is one of the most important characteristics in the
• IN the ago tour, tourists
not only see the watch agriculture farms but also they can participate into eh
agricultural activities and experience the farming.
• It provides natural
situations to watching, Birds, animals, water bodies etc.
• Agro-tourism could create
awareness about rural life and knowledge about agriculture. It also provides
opportunity for education through experience of farming and knowledge about the
rural life including entertainment. Agro-tourism is an instrument of
urban-rural connectivity through the tours.
1. Key Techniques for making
Agro tourism a success proposition.
2. Give a wide publicity of
your tourism center by new papers, television etc. Use all possible
3. Develop contacts with the
schools, colleges, NGO’s, Clubs, unions, organization etc.
4. Train your staff or family
members for reception and hospitality.
5. Understand about the
customer’s wants and their expectations and serve.
6. Charge optimum rent and
charges for the facilities/services on the commercial base.
7. Do the artificially use
local resources for the entertain/serve to tourist.
8. Develop your website and
update time to time for attract foreign tourist.
9. Take their feedback and
comments about the service and suggestions to more development and
10. Develop a good relationship with the tourist for future
business and chain publicity.
11. Develop different
agro-tour packages of for different type of tourist and their expectations.
12. Preserve an address
book and comments of the visited tourists for future tourism business.
13. Behave sincerely with
the tourists and participate with them/him
14. Small farmers can
develop their agro-tourism centers on the basis of cooperative society.
Recommendation for inclusion in Policy:
India has great potential to the developer of agro tourism because
65% of population lives in rural areas.
But there is a problem of low awareness about this business in the
farmer and problem of the finance and proper view in the farmers all over the
country. It is essential MOT for a
policy for financing Agro-tourism project involving local farmers and NGO and
Panchayat level office and state tourism concerned.