Goan agri-culture on display

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Nov 2017 08:46:18


By Rajendra Diwe,

Directorate of Agriculture Goa has displayed its stall in 9th edition of Agro-vision for the first time in city which is attracting youths


A stall of Directorate of Agriculture, Goa is the centre of attraction in 9th edition of Agro-vision started at Reshimbagh ground from Friday. The stall gives a feel of traditional Goan hut made up of sticks of Coconut trees, bamboo and roof covered with leaves of coconut and arecanut trees. The traditional stall has displayed important crops of Goa. One could see raw coconuts, raw arecanuts, banana, pineapple, jackfruit, cashews displayed in a descent manner in the small traditional hut. The food grains like Paddy, Ragi, Bajara etc are also seen along with the oilseeds like ground nut, cowpea seeds and vegetables like brinjal, bhendi, chilies, big sized cucumber, pumpkin, gourds, musk melons, vanilla beans etc. The stall is also decorated with traditional flowers like Jasmine, Crossandra, Dahlia, Hibiscus, Marigold, Orchids, Gerbera, Anthuriums, Gladiolus, etc. found in Goa. The spices like Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Kokum, Turmeric, Cinnamon, etc. and Tubers like Colocasia, Yam, Elephant foot, Dioscorea, Sweet Potato, etc.

Pramod Joshi and Russel, Assistant Directors from Directorate of Agriculture are constantly seen imparting information about the displayed items in the stall.
“Directorate of Agriculture of Goa has for the first time participated in the 9th edition of Agro-vision. On the invitation of Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari, out department has participated in this mega exhibition. Through the stall, we want to spread an awareness about the food grains, vegetables, fruits, spices etc from Goa. In short we want to display the culture and heritage of Goa to entire country,” said Joshi.

Goa is a rich treasure of biodiversity. The State has made a remarkable progress in agriculture sector besides various other spheres of economic upliftment. The Agriculture along with Forests in Goa is instrumental in keeping Goa green and cover nearly 65% of the total area of the State, he added.

Russel highlighted, “Entire economy of Goa depends on paddy, a predominant crop of the state followed by cashew, coconut, arecanuts, kokum etc. Directorate of Agriculture is helping farmers in Agro processing and Marketing of Agriculture produce. Cashew kernel processing, Feni extraction are important agro industry with Fruit processing like Mango, Kokum, Jamun supporting the sector.”

Pramod Joshi stated that the Directorate of Agriculture Goa has started ambitious Agriculture Development Programme. The programme has been aimed to provide assistance to agriculture at all levels to give substantial returns to rural people. The Department of Agriculture provides assistance for farmer from land preparation to the extent of marketing of the produce, he added.