In a bid to attract tourists to the villages, the Punjab government has launched a farm tourism scheme in Rupnagar district, said Additional Deputy Commissioner (development) Kavita Singh. She said detailed guidelines have been chalked out to rope in progressive farmers and farmhouse owners in the district. Under the scheme, a farmhouse owner would play host and guide the visitors. Those enrolling under the scheme would have to provide clean, hygienic environment, equipped with modern facilities that meet the standards defined by the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board.
Giving details, she said the farmhouse owner would provide home cooked food, comfortable accommodation and tell the visitors about the local agricultural practices like floricultural, harvesting bee-keeping and dairying. Besides the farm experience, visitors would also be exposed to local festivals and marriages. The quality of services offered by the farm owners would be verified by the district authority as well as the tourism department. The department would also provide mandatory training and technical know-how to the farm owners. Preference would be given to farms which have agricultural land attached and only farmhouses with minimum two rooms would be registered, she added.
The information and applications under this scheme, to be submitted to the chief executive officer, Punjab Tourism, Chandigarh, are available with the Deputy Commissioner office.