State to demand central package for farm sector



Deputy Chief Minister and
Agriculture Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar on Friday said the state
government will seek a special package from the Centre for creating required
infrastructure to give a fillip to Goa’s agriculture sector.

Speaking at the inaugural
function marking the World Coconut Day, the minister said the government wants
to promote agriculture as an industry, and has been making all efforts to woo
the youth for taking up farming.

“Unless we provide basic
infrastructure, the youth will not get attracted towards the agriculture
sector. Hence the government has
prioritised on creating such infrastructure,” he said.

A team led by Kavlekar will call on Union Agriculture Minister
Narendra Singh Tomar on September 19 in New Delhi, seeking a boost to the state
farm sector.

The agriculture department
has prepared a list of requirements
which will be put before the central government to push for a special
package for the sector. Kavlekar had held several meetings with officials of
the agriculture department and prepared the list of requirements.

The function marking the
World Coconut Day was organised by the directorate of agriculture and the
National Coconut Development Board.

Agriculture secretary
Kuldeep Singh Gangar, director of Coconut Development Board E Aravazhi, agriculture director Mhadav Kelkar and deputy director of agriculture Chintamani Perni
also spoke on the occasion.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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