Mining closure: govt to give thrust to farming, eco-tourism in Sanvordem




In order to provide alternate employment avenues for the mining closure-affected people in Sanvordem constituency, the government has decided to promote agriculture and linked activities like eco-tourism.

To attract more people towards agriculture, the government has also decided to provide various incentives for farming and brining in various projects under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai said on Friday after taking stock of the situation in the Sanvordem constituency for a day.

Sardesai along with WRD Minister Vinod Palyekar, Minister for Housing and Rural Development Jayesh Salgaonkar, local MLA Deepak Pauskar, Rajya Sabha MP and state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar visited Kalay, Collem, Mollem, Tambdi Surla, Sacorda village and Sanjivani sugar factory, Dharbandora in Sanvordem constituency.

“We want to push open the door of employment avenues which has been closed down due to mining ban by incentivising agriculture,” said Sardesai. There is ample scope for agriculture and linked activities like eco-tourism in Sanvordem and we will push them by setting up a task force, added Sardesai.

Sardesai also said that the government will consider bringing projects to promote Spirulina farming in the state as it can be future of farming with good income generation. He was speaking after visiting the spirulina farm at Dharbandora which is cultivated by a progressive farmer.

“Considering number of people in transport business in the constituency, the government has come up with truck terminal-cum-logistic hub with capacity to park over 1,000 trucks in Dharbandora area. It will also have cold storage and warehouse facility for farmers. The cost of the entire project will be over Rs 100 crore which will be funded under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana,” he said.

Sardesai also promised to modernise the Sanjivani sugar factory under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.

Considering the price difference of various agricultural equipment in the state and outside, there is an urgent need to make those products available online, said Sardesai adding the Agriculture department is seriously considering making various agricultural equipment available online in order to help farmers to buy them at much cheaper rates.

Earlier, the team visited the Government Agriculture Farm at Kalay which is considered to be the second biggest farm in the state. Sanvordem MLA Pauskar informed that the Kalay government farm is huge and several vacancies exist in this farm. He appealed to the government and particularly the Minister for Agriculture to fill the vacancies by providing jobs to locals. Sardesai assured that preference will be given to the locals in employment in this farm.

WRD Minister Palyekar and RDA Minister Salgaonkar assured mining dependents about coming out with a solution to the issue.