Under the new plans of the agriculture department, there will be implementation of agro-tourism and agricultural education in schools. There will also be adoption of villages on cards of the department which would help in all-round development of the sector. For developing camping sites in Goa, the department has identified farms of Codar in Ponda and Kalay in Sanguem. In these places the two agro-tourism centres are planned to come up in the state.
In these locations there will be installations of centre of excellences as well. The local schools will be encouraged to utilize the service for their schools. Kalay farm will adopt floriculture, while the Codar farm will have olericulture.
Agriculture minister Ramesh Tawadkar said, “Agro-tourism can also be used as a model that each farmer can adopt on their own land and gain additional income.” These methods are expected to raise the interest of the youngsters towards career in farming and agriculture. On every government owned farm there would an estimated 0.5 to 1 acre land which would be kept for the setting up of agro-tourism.
In part of adoption of villages, the department has selected 33 new villages this year, where the all-round development work would begin very soon. Tawadkar, on giving financial assistance to the farmers further said, “Each of these selected villages is linked with a bank for financial requirements. Any farmer in Goa in need of monetary help can therefore apply to us.”
The government will further help the villages by providing assistance of 80,000 per hectare in form of input seed, fertilizers, manure, pesticide, water pump, pipelines, installation of sprinklers, drip etc to the farmers.