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Bardez ZAO gears up to promote commercial cultivation of mango

MAPUSA: The zonal agriculture officer for Bardez is gearing up to promote commercial cultivation of mango in Bardez taluka as agriculture department has come up with a new scheme which provides maximum assistance for beneficiary of the scheme up to Rs 2 lakh in case of hard rock soil and Rs 1 lakh in case of  soft soil.

The agriculture department had last year drafted a new scheme for taking up commercial cultivation of Mango where the department is providing a financial assistance. Last year around 3.5 lakh hectare was brought under the scheme which this year is expected to increase.

Under this scheme, farmers or interested person who is willing to take up scheme should have minimum land admeasuring 5,000 square metres with proper fencing and irrigation facility where in around 50 mangoes grafts can be planted with an spacing of either 10×10 or 8×8 with 80 tress. In case the soil texture is soft laterite then a financial assistance up to Rs 1 lakh would be given and in case of hard rock soil then the maximum financial assistance up to Rs 2 lakh would be given wherein out of full amount in first year 60% would be given and then next year it will 20% and then 10% respectively for  following years.

The zonal agriculture officer for Bardez, Raghunath Joshi, who was at head office when scheme drafted an executed in first year informed that this scheme had received good response as more than 3.5 lakh hectare area was brought under commercial mango cultivation.

“We are planning to promote this scheme in Bardez as there are various area like Aldona, Pirna, Thivim, parts of Sirsaim, Camurlim, Revora, Saligao and some other areas where this scheme can be taken up which will give boost to mango cultivation” said Joshi.

He further added that “we will be promoting this scheme as maximum financial assistance is provided and cultivation of marketable mangoes varieties like mancurad, alphonso, kesar, mangilar and others will earn profits also”.  “We appeal those interested who have minimum area of 5,000 square meter of land and has proper fencing and irrigation as these two are mandatory for scheme to come forward and take up and avail this scheme,” added Joshi.

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