Calangute: Stating that due to COVID-19 virus, tourism has taken a beating in the state, Minister for Waste Management Michael Lobo has said that tourism cannot be revived until a vaccine is made available.
A function was organised by the village panchayat of Calangute to distribute fertilizers and vegetable seeds to farmers under Calangute Growing Green in the presence of Panchayat members, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and Calangute PI Nolasco Raposo recently. The programme was attended by a large gathering without maintaining social distancing norms.
Speaking at the function Lobo appealed to the people of Goa and specially the villagers of his constituency to switch over to farming and utilise their backyard for growing vegetables. Lobo said that farming needs to be given importance in this time of crisis.
Lobo said that the agriculture department and the Calangute village panchayat is giving all help to farmers by providing them tractors, seeds, fertilizers etc. He said that people should take advantage of the same and switch over to farming so that Goa could become self-reliant in vegetables.
Lobo said that in the past stray cattle menace was a major issue in the village. But now the cattle have been shifted to a cattle pound in Bicholim.
Raghunath Joshi, zonal agriculture officer at Mapusa, whilea speaking at the function, said that more than 300 farmers have registered from Calangute and so far 200 farmers have been given seeds and fertilizers. He said that his department is making all efforts to boost agriculture in Bardez.