Sapines Talk - DIMR, Pune
Managing Director-Agri Tourism Development Corporation
Fourth generation farmer and first generation entrepreneur, Pandurang Bhagvanrao Taware, is natively from small village sanghavi in Baramati Taluka, born and brought up in joint family of 50 members. His childhood was immersed fully in farms and village, playing with domestic animals, taking them to graze, washing buffalo’s, playing all kinds of rural games.
His father’s desire was that Mr Pandurang should study in agriculture and do some work for betterment of the farming communities in India. But He studied Computer Science and worked in hospitality industry for 20 years.
In 2003 he married agriculture with tourism and launched Agri Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) with model Agri tourism centre in Baramati. After running Agri tourism operations successfully for one year, he took on training and skill development in Agri tourism for other farmers in Maharashtra, as of Dec. 2016 he has replicated this idea of Agri Tourism on 328 farms in more than 300 villages in the state of Maharashtra.
The Survey done by ATDC in 2014 , 2015 , 2016 shows that 0.40 million, 0.53million ,0.7 million tourists have visited these centres respectively totally generating 35.79 million Indian rupees to farmer’s family, generated jobs to women and youth in the rural communities.