Panaji: Aug. 28, 2016 … The Governor of Goa, Dr ( Smt.) Mridula Sinha asserted that tribal women have enough potential of agricultural knowledge which needs to be enhanced  further with modern techniques of agriculture and adequate support. Their endeavor in farming will definitely help to increase farm production and  thereby making them self reliant as well, she added.

Smt. Sinha was speaking as the Chief Guest at Canacona Farmers Meet organized for Distribution of Planting Material of Horticultural Crops to tribal farmers under Tribal Sub Plan Programme (Launched by ICAR) at Ela Old Goa recently.

Smt. Sinha further said that she was happy to know about tremendous response from tribal women in undertaking farming with the support of ICAR. She advised them to nurture plantation with proper care, avail the benefit of agricultural schemes and work to enhance the agricultural scenario of the nation.

Director of ICAR, Dr. Narendra Pratap Singh in his welcome address said that the ICAR strives to reach technology to the farmer to enable them to undertake scientific and mechanized farming for increasing farm production. He said ICAR imparts training to farmers make the farmers accessible to new techniques of farming. Provides financial, logistic support to St farmers in the state. In order to provide self employment among tribal women ICAR also encouraged women to undertake farming activities.

The Director of Agriculture Shri Ulhas Pai Kakode in his address lauded the initiatives of ICAR taken to encourage agricultural activities among the farmers groups in Canacona.  ICAR has been instrumental in encouraging agricultural activities there by providing gained self employment to many youths, he informed.

Shri A.R. Desai, Senior Scientist ICAR in his address shared his experiences of work with various Agricultural Groups of ST people from Canacona Taluka during last three years.

The Members of various Farmers groups, Self Help groups which   includes Shri Kushta Velip Smt. Sumitra Velip, Shri Ashok Velip, Smt. Laxavati Velip, Shri Dhillan Velip, all lauded the efforts and support and logistic provided to boost agricultural  activities,  production  in Canacona  taluka.

The Governor on this occasion also released annual report of the Institute and awarded cash prize of 3lakhs to Shree Taleshwar Farmers Group for enhanced production of turmeric.

Dr. Ramkripal Sinha Spouse of the Governor, Staff of ICAR, farmers from Canacona attended the function.

The Governor and other dignitaries handed over plants   the saplings of nutmeg, black pepper,   coconut, mango and cashew grafts to members of various groups of farmers.   

Dr. Priya Devi, Scientist ICAR compered the function and also proposed the vote of thanks.