WHY IN NEWS?
- Every year the World Agri-Tourism Day is celebrated on May 16. This year, on the fourteenth World Agri-Tourism Day, Government of Maharashtra, Agri-Tourism Development Corporation is to organise International Conference on Agri-Tourism. In 2021, the day is to be celebrated under the following theme:
Theme: Rural Women Sustainable Entrepreneurship Opportunities through Agri Tourism
What is Agri-Tourism?
- In Agri-Tourism the urban tourists stay in farmers home. During their stay they engage in farming activities, tractor ride and bullock cart ride. Also, they enjoy folk songs and dances. They buy fresh farm produce.
- In return, the farmers greet the tourists, provide accommodation and entertain them during their stay. This acts as an additional income for the farmers. Also, it employs the local youths as tourist guides. This way the programme provides employment opportunities as well.