University of Halabja held a forum for developing the Agritourism sector in which a number of sessions were presented to touch upon the issues and solutions relating to this sectors. The forum was organized by UoH with cooperation of Deputy of Prime Minister’s Office and German organization GIZ on March 6th, 2023.
Among the attendees were her excellency Ms.Begard Talabani,Minsiter of Agriculture and Water Resources of KRG, Prof.Dr. Mahabad Kamil Abdulla, UoH President, Mr. Azad Tofiq, Governor of Halabja Governorate, Ms. Nukhsha Nasih , Mayor of Halabja ,a number of public and political figures and lecturers.
At the beginning, the representative of giz organization in a short speech highlighted the works and activities of their organization in Kurdistan Region, Later Dr. Mahabad Kamil Abdulla delivered a welcome speech and pointed out to the importance of Agriculture and Tourism sectors in Halabja as well as the potential problems facing the development of these two essential sectors.
Then, Ms.Begard Talabani, read an article in which she briefed the tasks and activities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources and what the Ministry is doing specially to develop and improve these two sectors, further she discussed the importance role of Halabja city in this regard as Halabja has Shahrzoor Plain and Hawraman area which are two known places for agriculture and tourism.
A panel was organized and run by the head of Economy with numbers Institute Mr. Bilal Saeed and the participants of the panel were Mr. Azad Tofiq, Governor of Halabja Governorate, Mr. Peshawa Ahmed , Head of Commercial Chamber of Halabja and Dr. Rezheen Harun , lecturer at College of Business Administration of Slemani University in which they presented seminars on agriculture and tourism as well as discussing how to develop tourism and combine it with agriculture.
The panel was concluded with the answer- question session.
At the end, UoH president awarded the appreciation logo to the giz organization, and also special present to
Ms. Begard Talabani.
Agritourism is ‘The symbiotic relationship between tourism and agriculture.’ In a simple context, agritourism also known as agrotourism, is a form of tourism which activities are focused directly with agriculture, and utilises the unique offerings of rural and agriculture rich communities.