Lack of connect with soil is responsible for unhealthy lifestyle: Shripad

Panaji: Stating that today lack of connect of the people with the soil is responsible for their unhealthy lifestyle, the Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Naik on Sunday said that as agriculture is the core of human life, the RCPR School of Agriculture needs to be upgraded to the status of a degree college, as also deserves grant-in-aid from the state government.

“The RCPR School
of Agriculture does not solely run for the benefit of the students, but also
benefits the state as well as the country because it trains and prepares next
generation for handling agriculture in a scientific way,” he added.

Naik, who is also the Union Minister of State for
Defence, earlier inaugurated the infrastructural facilities at the agricultural
school such as covered seating area, drinking water facility, toilet block, and
so on.

These facilities have been provided under the Member of
Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund amounting Rs 28 lakh as provided
by Naik.

Speaking further, Naik said that ‘Back to the
agriculture’ should be the mantra for future generation, as cultivated products
we receive from outside the state are often adulterated, including artificial
ripening of fruits. “We can get good agricultural products only if we cultivate
them,” he added, while pointing out that agriculture is the basic culture of
Goan community.

The chairman of Goa State Commission for Backward
Classes, Vishwas Satarkar, speaking on the occasion, said that the RCPR
Education Society deserves appreciation as it has set up an agricultural school
without government funds, and is functioning since past 6 years without any
grant-in-aid. He also advised the Goan agriculturists to cultivate spice crops
on commercial line to reap profits out of it.

The director of Indian Council for Agricultural Research
(ICAR), Eknath Chakurkar said that the students of the agriculture school have
been linked with the ICAR in many projects such as collecting soil samples/
soil testing from across the state, as also few students of this school
employed at the ICAR after passing out.

He lamented that although plant nurseries have got a wide
scope in Goa, many plant saplings that are made available to Goans, are from
outside the state.

The chairman of the RCPR Education Society, Manguirish
Pai Raikar said that the RCPR School for Agriculture is the first community
agriculture college in western part of the country, and follows the concept of
the scheme of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as envisaged for the
agricultural community. He also said that the upgradation of the college to a
degree college would do wonders for the students as well as the state.

The secretary of the RCPR Education Society, Dr
Vinaykumar Pai Raikar, the principal of the school, Srirang Jambhale and the
local sarpanch, Satyavan Shilkar were also present.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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