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Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seen cutting a ribbon to mark the inauguration of South Goa District Agriculture office at old collectorate building in Margao on Thursday in the presence of Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardessai, former Fatorda MLA Damodar Naik and others. Ganadeep Sheldekar | NT

25,000 Krishi Cards by April

MARGAO: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said that the state government is targeting 25,000 Krishi Cards by April 2015.
The Krishi Cards, Parrikar said will simplify the loan procedure for farmers and provide hassle-free loans to them of up to Rs 50,000.
Speaking to reporters after inaugurating the district agricultural office at old collectorate building in Margao, he said that at present there are around 15,000 Krishi Card holders and the government has set a target of 20,000 cards by this year-end  and will try to take the figure to 25,000 by March-end.
He said that all the details of the farmer will be fed into the card thus saving him the hassle of making frequent  trips to the agriculture department, besides the subsidies will be linked directly to the card.
The Chief Minister said that the farmer would be able to avail a loan of up to Rs 50,000 with just one per cent fee at the time of the withdrawal of the amount.
He said that the newly inaugurated agricultural office will function at the level of additional director with around 70 staff.
He, however, said that it will take at least six months for the office to start delivering results as it has been a demand from most South Goa MLAs.
Speaking further, Parrikar said that Margao will get all the major government offices, adding that the Sanguem zonal office will also be upgraded by December and also be given more powers.
The Chief Minister also lauded the Salcete farmers saying that farming is quite good in Salcete.
He, however, said that the government has deferred the decision on tribunal as there are just 363 cases, while the 2053 tenancy cases have been shifted to civil court.

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