About 100 farmers of the tribal community attended The ICAR-CCARI, old Goa, scheduled tribe component program at Shantadurga Mandap, Cuncoliem village, Ponda, recently. The programme aimed at increasing agricultural productivity through modern means of cultivation such as coconut tree climbing devices, by-pass fat, agrochemicals and fertilizers. Govind Gaude, Minister for arts, culture, tribal welfare, civil supplies and price control, was the chief guest at the function attended by Dr V Arunachalam, principal scientist (horticulture) and scientist-in-charge AICRP on palm, Dr EB Chakurkar, director, ICAR-CCARI, Durgadas Gaude, chairman ST Commission and Dr MJ Gupta, scientist (ASPE) and coordinator (STC), ICAR-CCARI.
Sanjiv Cuncoliekar, president, Cuncoliem Farmers Cub, addressed the gathering. Farmers were imparted training on using the coconut tree climbing device. The dignitaries distributed the 15 coconut climbing devices and a fertilizer and agrochemical kit during the function. Another seven farmers rearing dairy cattle were given 40 kg each of by-pass fat. The fertilizer and agrochemical kit included muriate of potash, rock phosphate, borax, micronutrient mixture, neem azadirachtin, neem cake and agricultural lime
Dr EB Chakurkar addressed the farmers and emphasized the use of bypass fat in dairy farming. The farmers were briefed by Dr V Arunachalam, about the use of fertilizers and agrochemicals and coconut climbing device with the help of charts, power point slides and videos. Dr MJ Gupta outlined the STC program and spoke of its implementation at the state level. The farmers clarified their doubts at the end of the session and meeting ended by 7:30 pm.