Agritourism opportunities growing for farmers
While the drought continues to hurt our primary producers, 9 farms from the Liverpool Plains are a step closer to expanding into farm-based tourism. It’s all thanks to the agritourism pilot – a joint partnership between the NSW Small Business Commission and Service NSW.
The pilot was set up to make it faster and easier to diversify into ventures such as farm stays, art retreats, roadside stalls or wedding receptions. It has the potential to provide farmers with a fantastic opportunity to generate another income stream.
Last month the sixth and final workshop was held at the Premer property of Fiona Simson, program participant and President of the National Farmers’ Federation.
The Minister and Small Business Commissioner heard firsthand the many innovative and interesting ideas the farmers are trying to turn into business gold.
“Providing another source of income to keep people on the land is absolutely crucial,” Ms Hobbs said.
“Our aim through this pilot is to secure sustainable farm-based businesses and generate more jobs in regional NSW. It is just so important to our economy.”
The farmers are now working hard to launch their new ventures by end of the year.
The Agritourism pilot has also been rolled out in the Wollondilly Shire Council and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Local Government Areas.
Farmers from the Liverpool Plains Shire Council area were the first to take part in the Agritourism pilot to expand into farm-based tourism and generate another income stream.
The NSW Government engaged agritourism consultancy, Regionality, to help implement the pilot.
Staff from the NSW Small Business Commission and Regionality have worked with the farmers to diversity into ventures such as farm stays, art retreats, roadside stalls or wedding receptions.
The final workshop for the Liverpool Plains farmers took place at the Premer property of program participant and President of the National Farmers’ Federation Fiona Simson.