MARGAO: It is high time the state focused on having a college of agriculture, said Dr B Salvi, associate director of Regional Fruit Research Centre, Vengurla. He said this would benefit students from the state, who otherwise take admission in government and private colleges of neighbouring states every year.
Speaking at a programme creating awareness on farmers’ rights here, organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dr Salvi said, “Goa needs an agriculture college to help out local students who wish to gain expertise in agriculture.”
He said he met the former chief minister and present Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar during his last visit to the state and explained to him how difficult it is for the students with lesser percentage to get admission in private and government colleges in neighbouring states. “He sounded positive on starting an agriculture college,” he said.
“Goa has the resources and a lot of land suitable for agriculture,” said agronomy specialist Dr Sandeep Kesarkar. He said Goa with two districts, a single college of agriculture would largely benefit the students.
“The agriculture education and knowledge would help many young Goans in protecting different varieties of plants,” he said. Sources informed that presently the state government provides stipend to around 20 students pursuing education in agriculture colleges of other states.