The Opposition on Tuesday flayed the functioning of the Agriculture Department which is resulting in not only a decline in agricultural production in the State but also increasing Goa’s dependency on other states for its basic requirement.
Deputy Leader of Opposition Francis D’Souza criticized the department for its failure to map the shortage of food grains, vegetables and fruits in Goa and demanded to know how the department could plan without knowing what was required.
Lambasting the department for its lack of planning, he argued that proper schemes and financial packages were required to improve the agriculture scenario on Goa and further argued that dependency on rains has to be curtailed as they have become erratic.
Making a strong pitch for mechanized farming, he suggested that the government ensures that every panchayat in the State has a transplanter and a harvestor.
BJP Legilsator Laxmikant Parsekar joined issues with Francis and accused the government of not seriously considering the problems faced by farmers in Goa as a result of which agriculture has declined to a mere 16 per cent from the peak of 64 per cent a few years back, he said.
Besides strongly demanding that the government revise its various schemes aimed at boosting agriculture, he also demanded that they be popularized through meetings in every Taluka.
Parsekar also castigated the government for delayed payments of compensation to farmers whose crops have been affected due to natural calamity.