Chief Minister Digambar Kamat stressed on the need to make farming economically viable for the farmers by enabling them reap fruits by using better and cost-effective technologies, while speaking at the meeting convened by Speaker Pratapsingh Rane to discuss the strategies for agricultural development in the state, at International Centre, Goa; on Monday.
The meeting was attended by elected representatives of the Goa Legislative Assembly, farmers, financial institutions, government officers and representatives of Institutions involved in agriculture development of the State.
Kamat wished deliberations all the success and hoped that some good suggestions would come out of it to improve the agricultural scenario in the State.
Pratapsingh Rane said that focus should be laid on how to make better use of agricultural science to improve production and make it cost effective. Government, he said, will make provide subsidies to procure farming equipments.
He also stressed on corporate farming and use of technology in farming. Youth, he said, are shying away from farming and therefore efforts need to be made to attract them by creating awareness about this sector. Rane further added that tenants cannot avail of agricultural loans for their land because the tenancy lands in their favour are pending legal formalities.
Goa State Law Commission Chairman Adv. Ramakant Khalap felt the need of a sunset clause in the Tenancy Act under which the tenants have to apply within two years for declaration of tenancy. A parallel revenue code is also proposed wherein within a stipulated period ownership could be given to the tenants.
He said in other states, agricultural land cannot be purchased by anyone other than agriculturists. He said there is a need for similar law in Goa. Also, orchid lands in the State, he said, could be easily converted into settlement. “There is need to review this system”, he said.