India’s then Agriculture Minister Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh launched Akola as a research-cum-development centre. The famous ‘Mahabeej’ factory, producing super-quality seeds is located here. Naturally, Vidarbha’s only Agricultural University is also here. Narnala fort in Akot taluka, Parshwanath Jain Temple of Shirpur, Rajrajeshwar temple, power generation plant of Paras, the irrigation project in Mahan on Katepurna river are among the places of tourist attraction.