India lives in villages. Village people are innocent, they are good at heart, said Governor, Shri P S Sreedharan Pillai. Tradition, history and peculiarity about our country can be seen in villages. Wonders are done in villages, he added.
He was speaking after visiting the farm of progressive farmer Shri Pandurang Patil at Rivona Sanguem.
Further speaking Shri Pillai said, a country’s growth depends on the efforts of agriculturists and farmers. 17 to 18 % of our country’s GDP is achieved from agriculture. Agriculture is a field making our country self-reliant he said. I am extremely happy and feel that I am in my village in Kerala, he remarked.
Economic and social freedom and also Gram Swaraj can be achieved only through agriculture. Congratulating Shri Pandurang Patil for his dedication towards agriculture, the Governor said other farmers should take inspiration from him. Raj Bhavan will also take this as the classic example and will try to do something new in the field of agriculture in its 88 acres of land.
Mechanized farming is important in this field, he said. Original practice should also be preserved while adopting modernization. Combination of both mechanized and traditional practice in farming and agriculture is important to ensure higher yield. Farmers and agriculturalists are working hard. They are the backbone of our country. Keeping aside political and all other differences with the support of Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister let us together work hard to achieve to make Goa and India self reliant, he added.
Social Welfare, Shri Subhash Phaldessai said, P S Sreedharan Pillai is the first Governor who has taken interest to go down and understand the issues and difficulties faced by farmers. Governor’s attempt is to reach out to every citizen of this State. Government is also doing all possible things for the welfare of the farmers. Government is putting all its efforts into increasing the income of the farmers. Government is motivating farmers to go ahead with new techniques and innovative ways of farming by which productivity will increase, he said.
Governor attended an interaction programme with farmers and a training programme on Kulagar system organised by Agriculture Technology Management Agency, South in association with Zonal Agriculture Office, Sanguem. District Collector, South, Smt Ruchika Katyal, IAS;
Governor felicitated Shri Pandurang Patil, Shri Nagesh Amolkar and Shri Vishnu Pirlakar on the occasion.
Shri Pandurang Patil shared his experience and the innovative practices he implies in the agriculture field. He rrged the Governor to take initiative to update subsidy values provided by the Agriculture Department as many farmers cannot afford the basic cost of the expensive mechanism. He also felt the need to provide higher minimum support prices to the farmers affected by vermine.
District Agriculture Officer, Shri Rajesh Dessai welcomed. ATMA, Project Director, South, Shri Chandrahas Dessai proposed the vote of thanks.
Earlier in the day the Governor visited Chadreshwar Bhutnath Temple, Parvat Paroda and took blessings of the lord.
Minister, Shri Subhash Phaldessai; MLA, Quepem, Shri Altone D’costa; Shri Vasudev Meng Gaonkar; District Collector, South, Smt Ruchika Katyal, IAS; Secretary to Governor, Shri R. Mihir Vardhan; Deputy Collector, Salcete, Shri Prasad Volvoikar; Deputy Collector, Quepem, Shri Nilesh Dhaigodkar; Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shri Santosh Dessai; Police Inspector, Shri Dipak Pednekar; President, Chandreshwar Bhutnath Saunsthan, Shri Harshad Gauns Dessai, Shri Shashank Dessai; Rivona Zilla Panchayat Member, Shri Suresh Kepekar; Sarpnach, Rivona Village Panchayat, Shri Surya Naik; Shri Vasudev Meng Gaonkar, Shri Prakash Velip and others were present on the occasion.
Governor also visited Marquis Farm at Mugali, Sanguem. Chairperson, Sanguem Municipal Council, Smt Shweta Naik Tari; Vice Chairperson, Queroj Cruz and others were present on the occasion.