CM: Goa will soon be declared organic state

Ponda: Goa will soon be declared as an organic state
under a central government scheme, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced on
Monday while urging the dairy farmers to opt for vermicompost production, as
demand for vermicompost bio fertiliser will be huge once the state is declared
an organic state.

The Chief Minister made the announcement while addressing
a farmers’ meet programme in Ponda organised by Goa Dairy to felicitate its
farmers under National Programme on Dairy Development (NPDD).

“The state government has already started work on organic
farming in 500 clusters in the first phase under central government scheme. In
the second phase, the entire state will be declared as an organic state in a
few days’ time wherein use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides for farming
will be banned completely in the state,” Sawant said.

“In such a situation, bio fertiliser like vermicompost
and other linked production will be in huge demand. Considering this, dairy
farmers in the state should opt for vermicompost production as part of
integrated farming concept. It will fetch good income for the farmers and also
help the state meet its demand for bio fertilisers, which will be required
after declaring Goa as an organic state,” the Chief Minister said.

Speaking further, the Chief Minister said that despite
there being a good market for vermicompost and green fodder in the state,
hardly ten per cent of the farmers produce the same. “Most of the farmers are
importing it from other states. State government gives around 50 per cent
subsidy on vermicompost production and there are a lot of schemes for green
fodder production in the state. Taking note of this, farmers should opt for
integrated farming to make it more profitable and sustainable,” urged Sawant.

The Chief Minister also said that two new veterinary
hospitals will be set up in the state, one each in North and South districts.
These veterinary hospitals will remain open round the clock to take care of
animals, especially cattle, he said. “The state presently has around five
veterinary hospitals. However, there is a need for more of such hospitals and
better service. Considering this need, the government is aiming towards
starting two more veterinary hospitals,” Sawant said.

He also announced that on December 19, the state’s
highest milk producing farmer will be felicitated by the government with the
Gopal Ratna Award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.

Speaking on this occasion, Cooperative Minister Govind
Gaude announced the revival of Goa Dairy and its business with new reforms and
urged farmers to support the same.

“Government is planning experimenting with cattle feed
wherein selected farmers will be provided with feed and test results will be
examined on a day-to-day basis. With these experiments, the government is
aiming towards reviving milk business and also increasing milk production in
the state, which will automatically benefit milk farmers,” Gaude said.

Gaude also announced the setting up of a complaint box at
Goa Dairy office at Curti, wherein farmers can express their grievances. The
minister assured to support the farmers in the best possible way.

Secretary Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services (AHVS)
Kuldeep Singh Gangar and Director AHVS Dr Santosh Desai were present during the
programme.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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