State Affairs

UP explores feasibility of orchard tourism

LUCKNOW

UP Tourism department is exploring possibility of introducing orchard tourism in the state, to give visitors a chance to explore country life during the harvest season. Many hill states, besides Gujarat and Maharashtra are already offering such packages.

The government is working on formulating a policy to encourage farmers and land owners to build small hotels in the orchards and green areas where tourists can stay on a bed-and-breakfast deal. The government would provide external amenities like road, power supply and drainage system to aid the facilities.

First level meeting between tourism officials, consultants and some orchard owners who are running the concept successfully was held in April while the next round is slated this week.

Experience from other states suggests that farmers benefit from it significantly. “Farmers get buyers at their doorsteps and these buyers pay for their visit to the farm,” said a farm owner in Himanchal Pradesh. Officials are optimistic about Lucknow’s potential of orchard tourism with the 15,000-hectare Malihabad-Maal-Rahimabad belt known for Dussehri mangoes.

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