|July 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm #4404|
Mining and agriculture rarely get along together in the State; however, the present lull in mining operations has led to some resurgence in agriculture activities in the mining areas of Bicholim taluka.
Bicholim Zonal Agricultural Officer Satej Kamat has claimed that a growing number of people, once dependent on mining operations, have been visiting the ZAO office in Bicholim to enquire about various agriculture schemes offered by the government.
“The ZAO is making all efforts to provide all possible help to those people who have decided to undertake farming activities. If this dream becomes successful, then Goa will definitely regain its lost glory,” said Kamat.
Sanquelim Congress Block President Digambar Naik said those people previously engaged in allied mining activities, like truck and machinery owners, garage, hotel owners and people engaged in tyre re-moulding, are slowly entering the agricultural sector. Former MLA Pratap Gawas also claimed that many people from Amona, Navelim, Kudne, Velguem, Pale, Surla, Mayem, Pilgao and Shirgao have now shifted over to farming.
“They feel that development in the agriculture sector may help them improve their living conditions, which have been affected by a halt in mining activities,” said Gawas.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Agriculture resurging in Bicholim mining belt“