Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has informed State Legislative Assembly that the the government is promoting the cashew plantation rejuvenation scheme which is promoted under the National Horticulture Mission (NHM) implemented by Agriculture Department.
In a written reply to a question asked by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavalekar, Mr Parrikar, who also forest portfolio said, as per the scheme, the farmers had to plant the cashew grafts only of high yielding varieties.
”Farmers purchase and plant the cashew grafts for which assistance is extended under this Scheme by Agriculture Department,” he said.
”Some trees are attacked by stem borer in cashew plantation. However no data is available regarding spreading of borer attack in the adjoining private cashew plantations from cashew plantations managed by Goa Forest Development Corporation (GFDC),” he said.
He said in cashew plantations managed by Goa Forest Development Corporation (GFDC), wherever possible efforts were made to remove the larvae of steam borer by scrapping of external bark and the scrapped area was covered with the mixture of lime and fungicide.
The Directorate of Agriculture through its schemes and initiatives had been making efforts to control the pests, he said, adding assistance up to 75 per cent of cost towards purchase of pesticides, fungicides, biocontrol agents, maximum up to Rs 4,500 per ha limited to Rs 18,000 or 4 ha per beneficiary was provided under State Sector Scheme Crop Production Input Management.
A special program was taken in Sattari Taluka under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for management of root and stem borer pest in cashew during 2013-14 and 2014-15 while for Human Resource Development, Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) (North) and ATMA (South) along with Zonal Agricultural Offices conducted training, demonstrations and awareness programmes for pest and disease control in cashew specially cashew stem borer, focusing on clean cultivation regular inspection of trees, treatment of infestation at early stages of attack and disposal of dead infested trees, he said.