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The recently concluded two-day conference on agri-tourism paved the way forward for the growth of this segment in Maharashtra. The event was organised by Agri-Tourism Development Corporation Baramati with the support of Directorate of Tourism, Maharashtra.
The virtual event was attended by Aditya Thackeray, minister for tourism and environment of Maharashtra; Dadasaheb Bhuse, minister of agriculture of Maharashtra; Aditi Sunil Tatkare, minister of state for tourism of Maharashtra; and Valsa Nair Singh, principal secretary of tourism and culture of Maharashtra.
The theme of the conference was ‘Agri-Tourism – Women Farmer Entrepreneurship Development’.
Thackeray said: “Our state has taken the lead in agri-tourism. The concept of 30% Krishi Yojana proposed by the Dadasaheb Bhuse for women farmers is highly commendable. More than 60% of the country’s population engage in agriculture and it is crucial to link agriculture to tourism. Agri tourism is instrumental for employment generation and economic improvement especially in these pandemic times when people have lost jobs, livelihoods etc. Agri-tourism has given us the opportunity to bring together the two major sectors – tourism and agriculture. The current pandemic offers an opportunity for Agri-Tourism to grow as one of the fastest growing sectors in India. One of the safest ways to enjoy travel right now is to visit rural areas, experience rural life and enjoy clean environment.”
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