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Village Level Diversificsation into Agrotourism


The diversification activities implemented by a small group of dairy farmers have provided a small rural community with the possibility to grow and revitalize its economy, becoming a significant tourist centre in the region.


The project was conceived and implemented in a small Estonian village where dairy production was the main economic activity. The participating farmers recognised that diversification into other economic activities was the key to economic and social development and developed a project to meet these needs.


The main aim of this project was to increase local economic sustainability through supporting diversification activities of the Nopri Talumeierei dairy production centre. Specifical objectives were the creation of a farm shop and agrotourism facilities / a multipurpose conference centre.

Main activities

The main activities of the project consisted of: 1) building a farm shop; 2) new kitchen and conference facilities (conference room for 80 people); 3) buying the equipment for the kitchen and farm shop.

Results & Benefits

The project is considered successful. It has facilitated both the economic and social development of the Nopri community. Specifically through: 1) direct farm sales; 3) new jobs created within the community. The 'conference' centre has become the local peoples favorite place to meet and organise leisure activities.

Lessons learnt

It is possible for relatively small investments implemented by a few farmers to create the right conditions to stimulate the development of a whole community and to make it attractive for tourists.

Project location and other information

Kärinä village, Vöru county, Estonia



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

101 266

EAFRD contribution (€)

45 570

National contribution (€)

15 190

Private contribution (€)

40 506

Project website

Contact name

Tiit Niilo



+372 5172478

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers, Non-governmental organisations

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Rural economic diversification
• 311. Diversification into non-agricultural activities


Agri-tourism, Dairy sector, Employment, Farm shop

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