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Special focus would have to be given on agriculture sector: Goa CM

Panjim: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that state government has initiated efforts to boost agriculture by extending infrastructural and financial support to farmers in the state.

Speaking after inaugurating a one day State Credit Seminar on “Collectivization of Agricultural Produce for Enhancing Farmers Income” held at Campal in the city, the Chief Minister said NABARD was playing an important role in partnering with the government by providing financial support for various developmental projects in the state.

He said if Goa wanted to be self-reliant then special focus would have to be given on agriculture sector and farmers would have to adopt modern technology.

The Chief Minister urged people to purchase the produce of fellow Goans to take a stand on Vocal For Local which would help him to be self-reliant.

He also appealed to bankers and other financial institutions to guide and help Goan farmers, manufacturers in their ventures to become self-reliant and make Goa ‘Swayampurna’.
The Chief Minister appreciated NABARD for its endeavor to organize seminar with the help of other stakeholders in the interest of the state.

General Manager, NABARD, Goa Region, Usha Ramesh in her address said NABARD supported Government Departments, ICAR, BITS-Pilani Goa, Banks, Government Schools and NGOs for various developmental activities related to farm or nonfarm sector.

”It also helps for financial literacy and attracting rural youth to agriculture. Under E-Shakti project NABARD will enable bankers and other developmental functionaries to help Self Help Groups in promoting economic activities. Thereby making them self reliant. She also informed that NABARD is actively involved and associated with the task of making Swayampurna Goa,” she said.

The State Focus Paper has projected a credit potential of Rs 6600 crore for the year 2021-22 under priority sector.

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