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Time ripe for farm tourism

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, August 30, 2013
First Published: 23:29 IST(30/8/2013) | Last Updated: 23:32 IST(30/8/2013)

Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board will encourage farm tourism to bring urban citizens, especially schoolchildren, in touch with the village life.

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The tourist board will form committees across the state to select the farmhouses. "The villages are dying, and so is their culture," said Kashmir Singh, Amritsar's deputy director of dairy farming. "In an attempt to save the culture, the Punjab government now will promote it," he added.

The deputy director will recommend Teg Resorts from Rajeke village near Amritsar to the board, since it has a green and peaceful location, which fits the requirement. "The resort owner, Ram Singh, is excited to support us," he added. His team will involve educational institutions because most city children know nothing about the village life.

"Supporting this kind of tourism is really important," said Ram Singh, adding: "The villages and the activities carried out there are the basis of our life." "The selection will be based on guidelines and rules," said a source in Punjab Heritage and Tourism Board.

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