Tribune press service
Mandi, September 8
Young people from Tino village under Kolang panchayat in Lahaul and Spiti tribal district are promoting agritourism to support their economy.
They started agrotourism in the village of Gaimur, where they set up camps for tourists to stay. They plan to expand the concept to the entire district in the coming days.
During the stay of tourists, they are allowed to collect farm products like organic vegetables from nearby farmland for cooking purposes. The aim is to give them the first-hand experience of harvesting agricultural products and self-cooking within the framework of an agrotourism plan. Likewise, during the sowing season, tourists will be allowed to experience the sowing of agricultural crops.
These young people are promoting organic agrotourism to attract tourists to Lahaul Spiti. They have grown exotic vegetables on their land to attract tourists, which are purely organic products.
In the next phase, they plan to set up mini hydel projects near the campsite to provide electricity to the mud houses. These mud houses will be built for the stay of tourists.
Tashi Angroop, a youth from Tino village, told The Tribune: “We are a group of 20 young people engaged in the promotion of agrotourism. As an experiment, we have set up campsites in Gaimur. We offer tourists the opportunity to have an experience, from sowing to harvesting agricultural products, no matter what season they come.
“Apart from that, we plan to build mud houses in the village of Tino to promote family tourism. Two mini hydel projects will be set up in the village to meet the demand for electrical power for heating and lighting, ”said another young Tanzin Angdee.
Agritourism encompasses a wide variety of activities and offers farmers a way to diversify and supplement their income. These activities include wildlife study, horseback riding, cooking classes, wine tastings, harvest festivals, barn dances, farm stays, guided tours and children’s zoos.
Deputy Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said that the district administration will make every effort to promote agrotourism in this tribal district. He liked the idea of these young people.
Collect farm products to cook
- During their stay, tourists are allowed to pick up farm produce like organic vegetables from nearby farmland for cooking purposes.
- The motive is to give them first-hand experience of harvesting agricultural products and self-cooking facilities as part of an agritourism plan.
- Likewise, during the sowing season, tourists will be allowed to have experience of sowing agricultural crops on agricultural land.