Minister of Tourism and Culture, Michael Usi, has said there is need to modify agriculture practices in rural areas into tourism showcases to enhance the sectors contribution to the economy and create the much needed jobs.
This came out when the Minister toured Safi Farm at Madisi town in Dowa District, where about 28 000 hectors of land have been put under banana production.
Owners of the farm are also constructing a hotel on the premises.
Usi said the venture is a good case study of how tourism can be merged with agriculture to maximize earnings.
“Agri-tourism is a type of rural tourism that combines two complex industries of agriculture and tourism. It opens up alternative income sources for farmers and has multiple impacts on the socio-economic development on the people,” Usi said.
Proprietor of Safi Farm, Napoleon Dzombe, said he deliberately constructed the hotel on the farm to attract travelers to the area.
“I want to use the farm, primarily for agricultural purposes this is farm enterprise will showcase the activities and produce of rural families and the agricultural heritage of farming to travelers” Dzombe said.