The Agri Tourism Concept

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MAHARASHTRA KRISHI PARYATAN VISTAR YOJANA 2010

GUIDELINES FOR APPROVAL AND REGISTRATION OF AGRI TOURISM CENTER IN MAHARASHTRA

CONTENTS:
1. INTRODUCTION AND THE CONCEPT 2. GUIDELINES OF AGRI TOURISM 3. APPLICATION FORM FOR REGISTRATION 4. CHECKLIST OF FACILITIES FOR APPROVAL 5. DECLARATION BY THE FARMER 6. UNDERTAKING BY THE FARMER 7. PROFORMA FOR POLICE VERIFICATION

MAHARASHTRA STATE AGRI & RURAL TOURISM CO-OPERATIVE FEDERATION LTD - MART REGD OFFICE: 1st Floor, Karnik Heritage, Lane Opp OBC Bank, F.C.Road, Pune-411004.

MAHARASHTRA STATE AGRI & RURAL TOURISM CO-OPERATIVE FEDERATION LTD - MART

GUIDELINES FOR APPROVAL AND REGISTRATION OF AGRI TOURISM CENTERS IN MAHARASHTRA

1. INTRODUCTION AND THE CONCEPT:
The AGRI TOURISM CONCEPT was formally launched AGRI TOURISM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION BARAMATI, on 1st May 2004. The concept of AGRI TOURISM envisages involvement of private sector, the farmers / Agri Tourism Service Providers based on public private partnership. The Agri Tourism Service Providers act as both hosts and guides to the visiting tourist. The Agri tourism center have clean, hygienic environment with modern facilities for comfort of visitors. Preference is given to farm which have agricultural land attached. The Agri Tourism Service Provider is supposed to provide home cooked food, stay facilities and show the visitor the agricultural practices such as floriculture, harvesting, bee keeping, dairying etc. and introduce to him the village way of life through various participatory activities. The visitors can enjoy the natural surroundings in fresh air. The visitor gets an exposure of local community life which means attending a panchayat meeting, exposure of local songs, food, dances, art and craft etc. The tour of village includes visiting the local artisans like the carpenter, blacksmith etc. The visitors have experience of festival occasion such as marriage and local melas. They can also participate or witness village games such as wresting, gulidanda, kite flying and have ride on bullock cart, tractor etc. Experiences such as jumping on the hay and taking bath in the tube well could be unique feature for the people and children from urban areas. They can also see the important fairs and festivals being organized in these areas along with important monuments, havelies, historical sites etc. Each farm can aim at developing a unique selling point some are specializing in organic farming, others is in floriculture, natural health management etc.

2. ROLE OF MAHARASHTRA STATE AGRI & RURAL TOURISM CO-OPERATIVE FEDERATION LTD - MART: The project envisages a public and private sector Partnership with the Government acting as a facilitator. MART selects the farms according to fixed norms. MART also benchmarks the farms and monitors the delivery of services rendered by the Agri Tourism Service Providers. The packages are developed by Farmers in consultation with MART. The packages are different for each Agri Tourism Center involving both groups and individuals. MART markets the packages at different national and international Tourism Meets.

3. IMPLEMENTATION:
Advertisements for seeking expression of interest of the Agri Tourism center are released from time to time to register new physical inspection of the Agri Tourism centers is done by the Committee of officers of MART. Those farms which fulfill the norms/conditions/requirements as per the set guidelines are then considered for registration by MART.

4. ECONOMIC BENEFITS:
As is well known that Tourism is always has multiplier effect and here too it was envisaged that the tourist’s trips and associate spending will make significant contribution to rural economy and improve quality of life of the farmers. Agri Tourism has provided the Farmers a source of additional income on their existing assets. Besides it provides them with an opportunity to interact socially with various kinds of visitors, elevating their social status and enriching their...
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