• New hope for tourism, employment through Kerala homestead farming

    Published on : Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    Homestead farming along with tourism might hold the future for Kerala’s tourism and labour sectors, both of which have been severely affected by the pandemic situation.

    Anyone having land ranging from five cents to even 25 acres could opt for homestead farming, a combination of homestay and farming, without spending much on augmenting amenities to host visitors. It would be apt for people interested in agriculture with cultivable land around their house, said Jose Dominic, co-founder and former CEO of CGH Earth.

    “All that is needed is conversion of one’s farm land into an enterprise. This will help attract visitors, including tourists, while furthering the cause of food security. It will also provide solace to people rendered unemployed by the pandemic, including returnees from West Asia,” he said.

    Homestead farms would be different from colonial-era plantations that abound in the State. Intercrop, rearing of farm animals, and making of cheese and other dairy produce could also be done. Such farms could also provide respite for city residents who want to take a break and be in the midst of greenery for a few days. Farmers could opt to convert their produce into value-added items, get them packed and brand them. It would empower local labour, said Mr. Dominic, who owns a homestead farm in Pala.

    Kerala’s Responsible Tourism (RT) initiatives kicked off in Kumarakom with focus on homestead farming, said Rupesh Kumar, State coordinator of the RT Mission. “Members of the local community there arrayed themselves under clusters and began selling their agri products to hotels. A total of 18,000 small and medium farmers across Kerala are now part of this.

    Tourists love being introduced to the concept. It is yet again emerging as a trend since substantial number of people have turned to this to tide over the pandemic and in order to eat healthy food. It will in the long run usher in self-sufficiency in vegetables, fruits and other produce,” he said.

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  • Kerala Tourism intends to focus on Travancore Heritage Tourism Project

    Published on : Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    Kerala Tourism plans to work on a new project called Travancore Heritage Tourism Project. This new project is also similar to other heritage tourism projects in the state, such as Alappuzha, Thalassery, and Muziris. The idea of such projects is to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of these locations.

    The department of tourism in Kerala is looking forward to appointing an architecture-cum-conservation consultant for the project, which is estimated at INR 100 crore. The job of the consultant is to identify the various sections of the project, and eventually work on a project report for each of them. The tourism department is also looking for an expression of interest from potential bidders for this project.

    Travancore has a rich history of culture, trade, and colonial legacy, all of which can go through conservation, and potentially become a great new destination for tourism.

    Travancore is also known for its beautiful beaches, hill stations, temples, and a lot of other attractions. Also, museums in the area, such as the Kuthiramalika Palace museum will get a major boost with this new project. The project will see Travancore develop into a world class heritage location, and it is in fact a long-term project, with a vision of over 30 years.

    Travancore was an Indian kingdom that was ruled by the Travancore Royal Family. It covered a large part of Kerala, and later it became a princely state under the British rule. The kingdom dates back to 1729 when it was first established.

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  • Vandiperiyar soon to become farm tourism center in Kerala

    Published on : Saturday, February 6, 2021

    Vandiperiyar, the spice municipality in Idukki district in Kerala will be turned into a farm tourism centre from Friday. Here, seeds, vegetable and flower saplings will be exhibited and would be available for sale at the centre. At the farm, an official explained that this effort was designed to help familiarize visitors with agricultural developments.

    The tranquil atmosphere of the farm on the side of the Kollam-Theni National Highway is an added advantage of this place. Those coming to Thekkady can drop in and witness several agricultural experiments happening over there.

    It’s a ₹1.83-crore project:
    For farm tourism, infrastructural developmental work started over a year ago at a cost of ₹1.83 crore. It has walkways, resting places and washrooms as well. The history about Kerala’s Vegetable Farm is provided here, besides details on the recent technological advancements in agriculture. The farm, under the Department of Agriculture, has a separate marketing counter as well as a cardamom and fruit processing section. V.T. Sulochana, the Principal Agriculture Officer, explained that at first for tourists, entry would be free of charge. She stated that farm tourism had huge potential in Idukki the State Vegetable Farm planned to make the use of it to the maximum. Farmers too would benefit from the venture, she added.

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