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Kerala's Kozhikode District to Launch Agri-Farm Tourism Project to Boost Farming Sector

With the inauguration just around the corner, stakeholders eagerly anticipate the positive impact that agri-farm tourism will bring to the struggling farming community.

Shivam Dwivedi
Kerala's Kozhikode District to Launch Agri-Farm Tourism Project to Boost Farming Sector (Photo Source: Pixabay)
Kerala's Kozhikode District to Launch Agri-Farm Tourism Project to Boost Farming Sector (Photo Source: Pixabay)

Kozhikode district, Kerala - In a bid to provide a much-needed lifeline to struggling farmers in the upland regions, an agri-farm tourism project is set to be launched on a pilot basis in five grama panchayats under the Koduvally block panchayat.

The initiative, a joint venture between the three-tier panchayats and the tourism department, aims to generate additional income for farmers and bring about a considerable change in revenue for the agricultural sector. Scheduled to be inaugurated at Poovaranthodu in Koodaranhi Grama Panchayat on Monday, the project has garnered significant anticipation among farmers and local communities. The Minister for Tourism, P.A. Mohamed Riyas, will officiate the opening, emphasizing the government's commitment to bolstering the farming industry.

Muhammed P.M., the Agriculture Officer of Koodaranhi and one of the project coordinators, highlighted the collaboration between the Department of Agriculture and the Tourism Department. He stated that their aim was to generate additional income for farmers and provide them with a sustainable livelihood by joining hands.

The upland regions of Kozhikode district are already renowned tourist destinations, attracting visitors with their picturesque landscapes, lush greenery, and captivating waterfalls. The agri-tourism project seeks to capitalize on this potential by inviting tourists to experience farm life firsthand, providing an immersive and educational experience.

While some farmers in the region have already been hosting similar programs, the introduction of agro-farm tourism units is expected to attract more participants and encourage them to work in clusters. By pooling resources and expertise, farmers can create a stronger and more appealing experience for visitors, ultimately enhancing their income prospects.

The project is particularly significant as the farming sector in the region has faced numerous challenges, including crop loss due to natural disasters and wildlife attacks. The agri-farm tourism initiative is poised to act as a much-needed boost, helping farmers overcome these difficulties and diversify their income streams.

As the pilot project launches in the five grama panchayats of Kodenchery, Puthuppadi, Omasseri, Thiruvambadi, and Koodaranhi, there is optimism that it will pave the way for similar endeavors in other regions.

The success of this initiative could inspire more collaborations between the agriculture and tourism sectors, leading to sustainable growth and development for farmers across Kerala.

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