Agro Tourism

What Is Agrotourism?

Agricultural Tourism is the Holidays concept of Visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural, or agribusiness operations for the purpose of enjoyment, education, or active involvement in the activities of the farm or operation. Agro Tourism is a direct expansion of ecotourism, which encourages visitors to experience agricultural life at first hand. Agro Tourism is gathering strong support from small communities as rural people have realized the benefits of sustainable development brought about by similar forms of nature travel. Visitors have the opportunity to work in the fields alongside real farmers and real rural agritainment.

Agrotourism is the form of tourism which capitalizes on rural culture as a tourist attraction. It is similar to ecotourism except that its primary appeal is not the natural landscape but a cultural landscape. If the attractions on offer to tourists contribute to improving the income of the regional population, agrotourism can promote regional development. To ensure that it also helps to conserve diversity, the rural population itself must have recognized agrobiodiversity as valuable and worthy of protection.

What Are The Benefits Of Agrotourism?

On every continent, farmers have developed a wealth of crop-plant species and varieties as well as livestock breeds. They have adapted plants and animals to meet ever-changing breeding objectives - for new sites and climatic conditions, for different purposes, and to suit individual preferences. This has resulted in a suitable variety or breed for just about any terrain. Small-scale, diverse cultural landscapes emerged, hand in hand with the many distinct forms of management.

In the last 150 years, this trend has been reversed: throughout this time, diversity has been diminishing while specialized agriculture is dominated by monocultures and uniformity. But in this process, valuable genetic characteristics are lost, for example high fertility or robustness, disease or pest resistance. The most effective way to put a stop to the genetic erosion process is to keep old varieties and breeds in use. However, farmers must be given incentives for in situ conservation: agrotourism is a way of doing so.

An advantage of this approach is that rural areas are popular destinations for holidays and excursions, particularly cultural landscapes which still give a glimpse of how past generations lived and worked. Typical regional crops and local breeds become a particular attraction for tourists. This generates additional income for farmers and contributes to the conservation and development of the whole region.

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