Jackfruit, cashew nut to go ‘organic’
Margao, Mar 24: The state government intends to develop and promote ‘Goa’ brand of organic farming through a co-operative model. Jackfruit and cashew nut, apart from lesser known locally cultivated crops like pepper and chilly have been identified by the state agriculture department for cultivation through organic method, agriculture minister Ramesh Tawadkar told TOI recently.
“The agriculture department has already taken quite a few steps in that direction. Co-operative societies have already been formed in Cotigao, Gaodongrim, Poinguinim, Sristhal and Amona in Canacona. The farmers are being motivated to use vermicomposting and organic manure for the cultivation of these crops,” Tawadkar said.
Stating that stress would be laid on value-addition for the promotion of organic produce, Tawadkar spoke about the government’s plans to start a jackfruit processing plant for the purpose very soon.