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Builders ‘planting coconut saplings’ will be given FAR benefit, says Vijai
Agriculture  Minister Vijai Sardesai  addressing the state-level seminar on ‘Aspect and prospects of coconut production and post-harvest technology,’  in the presence of South Goa Member of Parliament  Narendra Sawaikar, at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, on Tuesday

Builders ‘planting coconut saplings’ will be given FAR benefit, says Vijai

MARGAO: Promising to put in place a  Tender Coconut Policy to boost tourism in the state, the Minister for  Agriculture Vijai Sardesai,  on Tuesday, said that the government intends  to incentivise the state  landowners,  who grow coconut saplings,  with an aim to  revive the  coconut production, which is declining for various reasons.

The Minister was speaking at the one day state-level workshop held on the  topic ‘Aspect and prospects of coconut production and post-harvest technology,’ organised by the Coconut Development Board (CDB)  under the aegis of Union Ministry for Agriculture and  Farmers’ Welfare, in association with the Agriculture Management Technology Authority (ATMA) of Directorate of Agriculture, Margao.

Addressing the gathering of farmers at the  Ravindra Bhavan, Sardesai said that it is through his efforts that the coconut tree  was made state tree after its status was  reduced to a grass by the  previous government headed by the BJP.

“The coconut production is decreasing in  Goa. We want to revive it and hence planning  to give incentives to the landowners who grow coconut saplings in their property” he added.

He further  urged the  Coconut  Development Board  chairman  Raju N Swami to  provide 10,000 hybrid nuts  of ‘D into T’  (dwarf) variety, which  gives good  yield.

The Minister further said that the builders who  plant  coconut saplings in their  properties will also be given  benefit of  FAR, and further assured to prepare a prospective plan for  coconut development in Goa as urged by the  Coconut Development Board chairman Swami in his speech.

The  Minister for Agriculture also opined that the wild boar  should be  declared as vermin as it devastates huge tracks of sugarcane plantation and create  great loss to sugarcane growers in Goa.

Commenting on the Sanjivani sugarcane factory, which is now being brought under the department of agriculture, he said, “The factory cannot be run using old machines. It is a complete  mismanaged affair. We want to re-haul  it. We, therefore,  have to announce expression of interest to revive it.  I will also seek support from the national  Krishi Yojana for that.”

Speaking on the occasion, South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar urged the farmers to take benefit of the Prime Minister  Kisan Sanmam  Yojana wherein Rs 6,000 is being provided to  farmers having 2,000 and less  square meters of land.

He urged the farmers to obtain Kisan cards for availing other benefits.

Director of  agriculture  Madhav Kelkar appealed to the farmers to increase the coconut plantation by making best use of the department schemes.

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