PANAJI: Agriculture Minister Ravi Naik stated that the state’s agriculture policy should be ready by March 2024.
“State’s agriculture policy should be ready by March 2024. To finalize the insight reports from the five subcommittees focused on the 36 focus areas, the Agriculture core committee convened a meeting,” said Naik.
He further said that the policy drafting committee will receive the same. Department officials have been informed that a total of 3751 recommendations have been received for inclusion in the policy from farmers, panchayats, elected officials, and other stakeholders.
Based on the suggestions, the Committee had identified focused areas like agriculture and horticulture development, integrated farming, land, soil and watershed development, khazan land, fertilizer, nutrient, pesticide and pest management, agro tourism, organic and natural farming, agriculture export, storage and warehousing, climate and environment, agriculture in school curriculum and research.
In June 2023, a committee consisting of 24 members was reorganized by the state government to devise a comprehensive policy on agriculture for Goa.
Members of the committee including farmers, scientists, agriculturists, educators, representatives of cooperative societies, and other stakeholders are led by the minister of agriculture.