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Agriculture to be the next Make in India initiative for Goa


Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has declared that the state would do well to tap crop, post-harvest technologies and water management from a nation known for world class agri-technology.

  • While former chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s has made a Make in India contract to a central government-operated shipyard in Goa to manufacture eight minesweepers. Israeli help should be sought to infuse life in the state’s stagnant agriculture sector.
  • Agriculture in Goa comprises cultivation of crops like paddy, cashew, coconut and seasonal vegetables and pulses, and provides livelihood support to nearly 12 per cent of the state’s 1.5 million population.
  • Investment in agriculture and water technology could help farming in Goa competitive.
  • Earlier efforts were made in this regard like in 2013, a Goa state government delegation had travelled to Israel to interact with the country’s agro-industry and dairy experts.
  •  To work together in the agriculture sector, both Goa and Israel could also start looking at other areas of cooperation, dropping hints at increasing cooperation in the tourism, dairy and water management sectors.

Source: The Financial Express


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