Margao: Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardessai has revealed that the government was in the process of working out a scheme to set up a co-operative society that would provide implements to farmers to go for mechanised farming and said he would appoint one officer to handle this specifically.
Speaking at a function held to distribute paddy grains to farmer from Fatorda he said the government was also in the process of amending the existing scheme providing subsidy to purchase agricultural implements.
“Sometimes purchasing a tractor outside Goa or on line may be cheaper than purchasing it from the dealer in Goa and hence we are trying to make the subsidy applicable irrespective of from where the implement is purchased,” he said.
Vijai distributed 25 kgs of rice grain to Fatorda farmers on Saturday at the Local Farmers Market at a programme organised by Fatorda Agro Works where Margao Municipal Council Chairperson Dr Babita Prabhudessai and Vice Chairperson Tito Cardoso were present.
He advised the farmers to go organic as it would fetch higher income and disclosed that he has cultivated an area near his house with red rice, which was an organic cultivation and said the same can be done by others.
“The government is also promoting co-operative farming by giving 90 per cent subsidy on the cost.
I am willing to pay the balance 10 per cent for farmers in Fatorda as I want my constituency to be a model constituency,” he said adding that his aim was to have no fallow land in Fatorda.
Meanwhile, out of respect for his ministerial colleagues who have fallen sick, Vijai has decided not to have grand celebrations on his birthday June 14. [H]