PONDA: Agriculture Minister Ravi Naik today urged the young generation to switch towards cultivating and reviving their fallow traditional paddy Khajan land with the support of various schemes of the Agriculture Department.
He said today, people are suffering various health problems, including diabetes, with the consumption of white rice.
“There was a simple solution to this. We must cultivate fallow Khajan land and eat healthy brown rice to help stay healthy and diabetic-free,” he said.
He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the 1 km long construction of riverside (check dam) Khajan Bhandara at Chikhalpaine Khajan field at Dharzo Wada Kundaim by costing around Rs 2.5 Crore which will benefit around 180 farmers.
On occasion, Marcaim MLA and Power Minister Sudin Dhavlikar, Kundaim Sarpanch Survesh Gaude, ZP Damodar Naik, Chikalpain Khajan Tenant Association President Vijesh Naik Panchmembers and locals were also present.
He further said we should not rely on other states for rice and vegetables as Goa has vast agricultural land. He said one can work in the field even after pursuing higher education.
He urged to benefit from community farming Krishi card and other government schemes.
Power Minister thanked Minister Ravi Naik for sanctioning money for long pending bandhara work.
He said Ponda Taluka has vast agricultural land, and youth should cultivate it using agricultural machinery for tilling, harvesting etc. He assured all his support.
Agriculture Director Nevil Alfanso said in Goa, there are around 18000 hectares of Khajan land due to various reason at some places, it is kept fallow due to various reasons, including the breach in Bandhara, encroachment of mangroves, but now there are various schemes of agriculture and government even provides 90 per cent subsidy besides seeds are provided for community farming.
Vijesh Naik farmer’s President said they could not cultivate the khajan land due to a breach in Bandharas in 2017, and now they hope that from next year after the construction of Bandhara, locals will switch back to khajan cultivation.