PANAJI: Agriculture Minister Ravi Naik said that his department has decided to take on board the revenue department to ensure speedy implementation of Goa Agriculture Tenancy Act.
“It is decided to take on board the revenue department to ensure speedy implementation of the Goa Agriculture Tenancy Act. We will invite the revenue department officials in the next meeting of the agriculture policy committee,” said Naik
He further said that state government has decided to take the suggestions of gram sabhas of all the 190 village panchayats in Goa before finalising the agriculture policy for the state.
In order to come out with a comprehensive policy, the government has also decided to constitute five sub-committees comprising of experts, who will go to the farmers and understand their difficulties and the issues they face with regard to agriculture.
The committee appointed by the government to formulate the agriculture policy took some major decisions on Monday after a detailed discussion during its second meeting, held at the Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by Agriculture Minister Ravi Naik.
Briefing the media after the meet, Naik said the committee has decided to take farmers and all other stakeholders into confidence and added that suggestions will be taken from them for formulating the policy.
Many members expressed concern over very little provision in the state budget for the agriculture sector and suggested that the provision should be more than 2.5%.
It was also informed that so far 746 suggestions have been received by the agriculture department for formulation of the agriculture policy. The government has already extended the time period for providing suggestions on the draft agriculture policy till September 16.