Salcete farmers want subsidy disbursal process streamlined

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May 3, 2018 at 11:09 am #8207

Farmers from Salcete, at the ‘Kisan Kalyan Karyashala’ taluka-level programme organised by the agriculture department on Wednesday demanded that the agriculture and its line departments need to simplify the ‘subsidy disbursal processes’ in the state if the government wants to boost farming and help double the farmers’ income by 2022.

The agriculture department had organised the Salcete taluka-level programme on Wednesday in the Loutolim panchayat hall. The central government has set a target to double farmers’ income by 2022 for which it implements various new schemes to attract more people to farming.

Agriculture officer Kirthiraj Naik Goankar and veterinary doctor Dr Satyawant Naik, explained the schemes for farmers. Naik Goankar appealed the farmers to avail the benefits of the schemes and put in all efforts to double the income by 2022.

The ZAO team spoke on the importance of using quality seeds. Naik Goankar also explained the method of using pesticides. Dr Naik highlighted the schemes from purchase of dairy farming equipment, to green fodder to hut construction to piggery, besides those on buying jersey cows.

Tony D’Silva, a farmer from Navelim however alleged that they are made to run from pillar to post to get the schemes sanctioned. He also said that the WRD takes a lot of time in issuing NOCs to farmers.

“We demand the simplification of the subsidy distribution process,” D’Silva, Hipolito D Souza and some other farmers demanded. Though assurance has been given by both the departments that they will forward to the higher ups the applications, the WRD officials being not present, their queries could not be answered.

D’Silva also pointed out that due to non-availability of veterinary doctor at the Navelim centre, they face a tough time. He said, “There is no doctor to remove the cement plaster cast on my jersey cow since last 20 days,” he claimed.

Farmers however expressed happiness over the information disseminated to them by the officials present at the programme.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Salcete farmers want subsidy disbursal process streamlined

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