Panaji: The Chief Minister, Dr. Pramod Sawant today held a meeting of all the line Departments to explore the role that could be played by each department and other concerned offices in making Swayampurna Goa.
The Government also invited Representatives of various Self Help Groups to analyse their contribution for the said purpose.
The Chief Minister suggested to form 15 Van Dhan Kendras at rural areas with the inclusion of tribal people. He suggested to form 12 Farmers Producing Organizations and 15 Van Dhan Kendra as a target for the first year. He insisted that these facilities to be launched from December 25, 2020 and sought for proper cooperation and communication among various departments for its fulfilment. He advised to tap central grants to extend the benefit to the needy people with required proper action to ensure it’s accomplishment in a time bound manner.
Director of Agriculture, Shri Nevil Alfonso informed about what actions have been initiated and planned for forming 12 Farmers Producers Organizations as a target for the initial year. Government intends to form clusters for various products like coconut, jackfruit, cashew, and various others making value additions to enhance income of the farmers. He also maintained that steps would be initiated for branding korgut rice as red rice and make it available in the market at a suitable price.
Chief Secretary, Shri Parimal Rai IAS; Secretary Agriculture, Shri Kuldeep Singh Gangar IAS; Secretary Cooperation C.R.Garg IAS; Director DPSE Dr.Y. Durgaprasad; Director Animal Husbandary & Veterinary Services, Dr. Santosh Dessai; Director Women &Child Development, Smt.Deepali Naik; Director ICAR Goa CCARI Dr. E.V. Chakurkar; General Manager NABARD, Smt. Usha Ramesh; SE Electricity, Shri Mayn Keith, Incharge Project Coordinator KVK South, Shri Chandrahas Desai were amongst those present on the occasion, as informed by Department of Information & Publicity.