Paper ID: 90
DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIC AGRO TOURISM FOR OPTIMIZING AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES IN NGAWI, EAST JAVA, INDONESIA
Bambang Pujiasmanto1), Istijabatul Aliyah 2), Nur Miladan 2), dan Margana 3)
1) Faculty of Agriculture, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia
2) Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Sebelas Maret , Indonesia
3) Faculty of Fine Art and Design, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia
Ngawi Regency, part of East Java province in Indonesia, has started to initiate the development of organic tourism based on the organic agriculture potential. This program is promoted by motivating farming communities to develop organic agriculture and preparing several villages to become specific areas of tourism. According to that, this study was aimed for exploring agricultural resources and land suitability that can be developed as community-based organic tourism attractions and secondly for identification of factors which support and inhibit the development of community-based organic tourism attractions. To achieve that goals, study field observations, in-depth interviews, and focus group discussion were conducted to collect information for further data analysis. Moreover, a triangulation method is used for data validity. In this study data were analyzed by spatial analysis techniques to explore the agricultural resources and land suitability. The 4A (Attraction, Accessibility, Amenity, Activity) analysis techniques also applied to the data, to formulate the strategies for developing community-based organic tourism attractions. As the result, we found the needs and roles of community in developing agro-tourism areas. The development of agro-tourism areas requires community participation in various sectors. Economic point of view played an important role in management of agro-tourism areas, due to without economic benefits there is no motivation to contribute tocommunity and businesses of agro-tourism. Since the agro-tourism has effect to environment, both natural and cultural, therefore taking advantage of agricultural resources need to be carefully considered in developing a community-based organic tourism attraction. In this term, the environmental elements must be preserved for sustainable benefit and function.