Industries conversion, creating jobs for rural workers is a matter of An Giang authorities concern in implementing the program of building a new countryside. One of the best ways of the An Giang Farmers Association is the model of agricultural and rural tourism.
Takes the advantage of the strong local gardens economy, natural scenery, culture - history, special dishes ... An Giang Farmers Association is in cooperation with the Dutch Farmers Association Agriterra to deploy experimentally the model of agricultural and rural tourism on several areas.
For many years, the demand for ecotourism, homestay tourists to An Giang is great but most of the people in the area has not known about it to take the advantage to increase the incomes, to promote the image of local culture. Business of agricultural and rural tourism can be said as a quite unfamiliar to farmers so far but when initiated the model, there have been positive signals.
Mr. Ton That Dinh (living in My An Hamlet 2, My Hoa Hung commune, Long Xuyen City, An Giang) said: "Business of agricultural and rural tourism has many interesting facts in which the best is still to keep farming as well as to know about other cultures, customs and habits of tourists also to increase the families income."
The initial results show that participating households benefit from at least a few tens of million VND a year from the project. On the other hand, the projects has helped many traditional industries of the province begin to prosper, to help farmers increase their income from attracting visitors to advertise, expanding the markets..
An Giang has 15 wards, communes and towns with unique characteristics selected to involve in the project. Total number of households benefiting directly is from 75 to 100, not included the number of households benefiting from training, joining the services of the project.
The model in An Giang even had a satisfactory success but the human resources for the professional operators, promotions still meet difficulty. The model is to take the advantage of geography, landscapes, traditions and customs of rural farmers. But in such situation, the professional for agriculture is lacked. Therefore, authorities established the agricultural tourism cooperation for people to learn and to serve. However, to replicate the model, it is necessary to have a team of professional human resources for training, supporting and promoting the agricultural tourism..