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Prospecting Agritourism in Ilam

Prospecting Agritourism in Ilam

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Prospecting Agri-tourism in Ilam: Concept, Issues, Challenges, andUnlimited Opportunities.
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Definition of Agri-tourism........................................................................................................1Concept of Agri-tourism...........................................................................................................3Ilam a brief introduction in relation to Agri-tourism................................................................4Concept of Agri-tourism in the context of Ilam........................................................................6Issues of Agri-tourism in the context of Ilam...........................................................................8Challenges for Agri-tourism in Ilam.........................................................................................9 National and local level policy.............................................................................................9Existing Infrastructure........................................................................................................10Identification of Agri-tourism products..............................................................................11Package program.................................................................................................................12Tourism route......................................................................................................................12Investment...........................................................................................................................12Awareness...........................................................................................................................13Security...............................................................................................................................13Trained Human Resources..................................................................................................13Advertisement.....................................................................................................................14Unlimited Opportunities of Agri-tourism in Ilam..................................................................14Geographical diversity........................................................................................................14Socio cultural diversity.......................................................................................................15Existing infrastructure.........................................................................................................15Initiative from NGOs and line agencies..............................................................................15Places and Products of Tourist Interest...............................................................................16Whole area of Ilam District.............................................................................................16Sericulture farming.........................................................................................................17Citrus Pocket area...........................................................................................................17Floriculture pocket area..................................................................................................17Commercial Vegetable Production Pocket area.............................................................18Apiculture pocket area....................................................................................................18Agroforestry system........................................................................................................19Traditional agriculture system........................................................................................19Area of Transformed agriculture....................................................................................20Agri-produce transportation............................................................................................20Milk Processing..............................................................................................................20Periodic market of agri-produce.....................................................................................21Agrobased small scale cottage industries.......................................................................22Agro-processing Industries.............................................................................................23Recent development in the field of tourism........................................................................24Conclusion..............................................................................................................................24References :..............................................................................
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Prospecting Agri-tourism in Ilam: Concept, Issues, Challenges,andUnlimited Opportunities.
Definition of Agri-tourism
Tourism has been flourished a lot within a couple of decade particularly the tourism sectorswhich are close to the nature or natural things have become the interest of much touristaround the world. Nature tourism, Eco-tourism, cultural tourism, and agri-tourism etc. aretaking pace along with the time and among them the agri-tourism has become much popular in recent years. The reason behind ever growing popularity of agri-tourism is that the human being are closely related to agriculture and without it we certainly die of hunger, so peoplewho are more or less far from agriculture and related activities wish to watch, and experienceagricultural activities closely.Agri-tourism is composed of different two words viz. Agriculture and Tourism. Manyexperts and institutions have tried to define agri-tourism in different ways as per their  perception. Simply stated, agri-tourism could be thought of as the crossroads of tourism andagriculture. Stated more technically, “agri-tourism” can be defined as any business conducted by a farmer or processor for the enjoyment or education of the public to promote the productsof the farm and to generate additional farm income.The term could be similarly defined as a form of commercial enterprise that links agricultural production and/or processing with tourism in order to attract visitors onto a farm, ranch, or other agricultural business for the purposes of entertaining and/or educating the visitors andgenerating income for the farm, ranch, or business owner. One scholar defines “agri-tourism”as “agricultural activities that feature educational and recreational activities in addition to thetraditional role as commodity production.”
 
 
 2The American Farm Bureau Federation has defined agri-tourism as:"An enterprise at a working farm, ranch or agricultural plant conducted for theenjoyment of visitors that generates income for the owner. Agricultural tourismrefers to the act of visiting a working farm or any horticultural or agriculturaloperation for the purpose of enjoyment, education or active involvement in theactivities at the farm or operation that also adds to the economic viability of thesite."
 
Members of the Tennessee Agri-tourism Initiative defined agri-tourism as “an activity,enterprise or business that combines primary elements and characteristics of Tennesseeagriculture and tourism and provides an experience for visitors that stimulates economicactivity and impacts both farm and community income.”
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Agri-tourism is occasionallyreferred to as “agri-tourism,” “agrotourism,” “farm tourism,” “agricultural tourism,” or agritainment.”Thus, agricultural Tourism: Refers to the act of visiting a working farm or anyagricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation for the purpose of enjoyment,education, or active involvement in the activities of the farm or operation.Agricultural tourism is a new field which allows people to experience the cycle of life, the growth of plants, the birth and death of animals. It is successful because ittakes us back to a culture that was one of oneness with our environment. Peoplecared for animals, placed their seeds in the grown, harvested their crops. Peopleworked together to harvest crops. It was a time of great effort, yet great joy andaccomplishment.Agriculture tourism enterprises include things such as farm tours, farm stands, u-pick farms,hunting clubs, vineyard weddings, old-fashioned cattle brandings, trail rides, and farm stays.It also entails a commercial operation working toward its visitor’s enjoyment, understanding,and appreciation of natural areas while conserving the local ecological, social, and culturalvalues. It incorporates aspects of cultural, historical, place based experiences that areauthentic and homegrown.

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