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Rules and law, when a business is called ‘agrotourism’

Rules and law, when a business is called ‘agrotourism’

Agrotourism has already entered the agenda of the government agenda, which has drafted a full legal base and supportive policy for the development of this sector.

Earlier this year, the government approved the decision on the criteria that would serve as a basis for assessing and awarding the certificate in agro-tourism.

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Among other things, these conditions include the size of the farm. By law, farms should have at least 1 hectare of land planted with agricultural crops or, at least, 0.5 hectares of greenhouses. Livestock farms, on the other hand, must breed at least 10 heads of cattle or 100 heads of sheep or goats or 200 head of poultry. Livestock farms are also classified.

Agrotourism can also be developed in agro-cultural units that have the processing activity of agricultural, livestock, fishery and aquaculture products (eg olive oil processing plants, grape / fruit processing canteens, dairy processing points / dairy, fish, aquaculture, etc.).

Agrotouristic subjects can also provide accommodation, but with a capacity of 6 to 30 people.

While food and beverages offered in agro-tourism entities should be farmed (farmed or processed on farm / agricultural unit), at least 30% of their quantity. From 30% to 70% of foodstuffs / beverages are allowed to be of local origin, produced or processed by local producers, carrying out activities in the municipality where agro-tourism is located.

These are some of the key criteria to pass the certification phase, which is also expected to be an intensive process in the second half of the year, under the condition that during the first half is only intended for the regulatory framework. 

News Source: ATA

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