The onset of monsoons, three days before its projected date augurs well for agriculture in Goa according to the State Agriculture Department which expects a very good paddy crop this season.
Besides, the fact that mechanized agriculture has caught in a big way thanks to the subsidy offered by the government to purchase agricultural implements, is also expected to help increase paddy production.
According to the Agriculture Department 30,000 hectares of area in Goa is under paddy cultivation. Paddy is grown extensively in the talukas of Pernem, Quepem, Sanguem, Sattari, Bicholim and Bardez.
Besides paddy cultivation, the timely arrival of monsoons has also seen a spurt in planting other crops like chilies, pulses and brinjals and coconut saplings are also in great demand.
In a bid to give a boost to agriculture, the budget for Agriculture Department has seen a quantum increase from Rs. 17 crore to Rs. 69 crore for the current financial year.
Last year for the kharif season, a total 30,632 hectares of area was brought under paddy cultivation giving a yield of 1, 08,333 tonnes of paddy
During the current kharif season, the government is trying a new experiment in Sattari taluka where mechanized farming is going to be promoted in a big way with Agriculture Minister Vishwajit Rane’s organization Sattari Yuva Morcha providing farming instruments to 2,500 farmers.