Agri Business

Goa to form Farmers’ Public Ltd Company

Press Trust of India Panaji | Updated on January 22, 2018

To boost agriculture, the Goa government has decided to form Farmers’ Public Ltd Company that will provide linkage of national markets to the local produce.

State Agriculture department, which is working on a modality to form the company, has initiated the liaisoning process with the industry to set up the structure.

“The government is working on to form a Farmers’ Public Ltd Company. Right now, there are various ideas under it, including value addition to seasonal fruits like jackfruit, mangoes and cashew. There is also an idea of producing low-calorie sugar from the toddy of high-breed coconuts,” State Agriculture Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, told PTI today.

Special expert committee

He said the government will soon constitute a special expert committee in this regard to conduct field visits to various states and study the unique agricultural experiments which can be emulated in Goa.

The BJP-led government, after assuming power in the state, had aimed at six per cent agricultural growth. Tawadkar said the government is also keen to promote agriculture as an ‘industry’.

“All possible steps will be initiated in this regard. Formation of an expert committee will be the first step,” the minister said.

He said a State such as Kerala has done number of researches with seasonal fruit jackfruit promoting it as a health medicinal fruit.

Village adoption

Apprising on steps initiated for promotion of agriculture in Goa, Tawadkar said government has adopted 58 villages under ’Modal Village’ concept, wherein special agricultural survey will be undertaken to ascertain productivity of the villages.

Published on September 01, 2015

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