The goals of Agri-tourism are to link ordinary people directly to agriculture, to bring farm income on a daily basis, to contribute to the development of agriculture, and to explore the agricultural potential of the region. In the developed countries of the world, landlords provide numerous facilities on their farms to attract tourists, and visitors enjoy these facilities by paying handsome money. This increases the income of people involved in agriculture.
For example, in Thailand, they make the whole village an Agri-tourism village, co-hosting tourists from all over the village and increasing their income. In Pakistan, every village in Gilgit-Baltistan is suitable to become an Agri-tourism village and we need to take advantage of this endless blessing of nature. So does the potential exists in many areas of KPK, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan.
Agri-tourism Model Farm
This potential needs to be put into practice. The Gilgit-Baltistan Department of Agriculture tried to make Hashupi Gardens, Shigar, an attractive place for tourists by making it a flower and vegetable block on an experimental basis. During high season, an average of 800 to 1000 tourists visited the garden per day and the people of Baltistan responded very well. To make this visit purposeful, the Shigar Department of Agriculture also educated the farmers with the agricultural extension workers.
After a positive experience, there is a strong recommendation for the expansion of this work in the private sector. And increase the area’s income by promoting Agri-tourism.