Panaji: March 31, 2015 …. The Modalities for harvesting of paddy using paddy combine harvesters during the ensuing Rabi 2015 season have been changed.
During the last few years, the farmers were given custom service subsidy for hiring paddy harvesting combines @ 50% of hire charges.
Government has subsidized 17 paddy harvesting combines to the extent of Rs.17.5 lakhs per machine to be operated by Farmers co-operative societies/clubs. Now that Government of Goa has enough subsidized machines to cater to the needs of Rabi farmers, it has been decided to withdraw the subsidy of custom service to individual farmers.
The farmers co-operative (service providers) are expected to hire out these subsidized machines to the farmers of Goa at concessional rates.
The farmers will be free to hire the harvesting machine as per their choice from the service providers of their service areas, so as to encourage healthy competition. Henceforth the farmers receiving the service of harvesting machine shall pay full hire charges.
Government has also decided to increase the paddy support price from Rs.17 per kg to Rs.19 per kg in lieu of withdrawal of custom services subsidy towards hiring of paddy harvesting combines.
List of service providers who have registered their machines with the Directorate of Agriculture for harvesting paddy of Rabi 2015 for North Goa District: Goa Krishi Bazar-Mapusa; Pedne Taluka Farmers Service Co-operative Society Ltd.- Pedne; Vodlembhatt Progressive Farmers Group-Taligao; Adarsh Shetkari Sangh-Aldona and Mayem Gram Vikas Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd.-Mayem Bicholim, Goa.
South Goa District: Curtorim Service Co-operative Society-Curtorim Salcete, Goa; Original Raia Farmers Association-Manora Raia Salcete; Original Goans Schedule Tribes Association-Ilha De Rachol Salcete; Salcete Modern Farmers Association-Batora Curtorim Salcete; Nevis Xetkari Sanghatana-Sonarwado Raia Salcete; Fatorda Xetkarachi Saunstha-Chandrawado Fatorda; Verna Xetkari Sanghatana-Verna Salcete; Raia Xetkar Sanghatana-Raia Margao Salcete; Nuvem Sal Krishi Saunstha-Nuvem Salcete; Varcca/Orlim Villagers Farmers Society-Gunnawado Vaca Salcete; Churchill Charitable Trust- Varca Salcete and Micky Pacheco Charitable Trust- Betalbatim Salcete, Goa.