Margao: In order to encourage more and more people in taking up agriculture as their occupation, the Department of Agriculture has come up with the new scheme ‘Assured price for agriculture produce,’ which will match up with the market prices, to help maintain traditional plantations that support rural economy of Goa.
Director of Agriculture Nevil Alfonso, on Tuesday, issued a circular declaring `Assured price for agricultural produce’, the new scheme with the objective of encouraging the farmers to invest in agriculture with full confidence and also to help maintain traditional plantations.
The said scheme was notified in the official gazette on June 26. The produce covered under the scheme includes arecanut (all grades), cashew nut, sugarcane, alsando, coconut, paddy, and oil palm fruits.
The eligibility criteria for the selection of farmers under the scheme include – the farmers should cultivate his produce in Goa, and that he should be a Krishi Card holder. Farmer should sell his produce to the approved dealers, who would compulsorily endorse the given produce. The traders procuring the farmers produce need to be registered with the directorate of agriculture.
The total claim for less than 50 kg of arecanut, 500 numbers of coconut, 50 kg of cashewnut, 100 kg of paddy and 50 kg of alsando shall not be considered for benefit under the scheme. It should be more than the specified quantity.
According to the circular, farmers will get the difference for arecanut for the price upto Rs 170 and the minimum quantity that would be considered is upto 50 kg. For raw cashew nut, it is matched up to Rs 125 per kg, and up to 2,000 kg per individual cultivator, considering the maximum area of 5 ha with 1,000 cashew trees.
While for coconuts, the difference is upto Rs 25, for a maximum of 50,000 nuts, and not exceeding Rs 3 lakh will be paid.
The department of agriculture will pay Rs 3,000 as assured price for per tonne of sugarcane exclusive of harvesting charges and transport cost to the grower, who sells it to the Sanjivani sugar factory.
Rs 100 per kg is assured price for alsando; those who sell alsando for less than Rs 100 per kg would get the balance amount as assured price. A maximum of 800 kgs from one hectare of area shall be provided the benefit. The farmers need to fill up the form from the department through the respective zonal agriculture offices.
“The scheme is formulated with an aim to generate employment in rural Goa. It is designed to attract the younger generation into agriculture and to consider it as economically viable activity,” Alponso further states in the circular.