Goa, a small state located on the Western Ghats of India is a house of native tribes. They are widely distributed in both the districts of Goa (North Goa and South Goa). They are mainly involved in agriculture and allied activities. ICAR – Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Old Goa, is involved in Tribal Welfare projects funded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. The main aim of the project is to benefit the Small and Marginal Tribal Farmers of Goa by Training and Sensitization to improved methods and technologies in agriculture and animal husbandry, distribution of farm inputs like planting material, chicks, chemicals, fertilizers, bio-control agents, vaccines, pumps, farm and processing machinery and advisory of experts.
A programme on Farm inputs Distribution to tribal farmers was organised in the afternoon of 4th April, 2015 at Cola village, South Goa district. The farm inputs viz. 1 Power tillers (9 Hp), with all accessories including Mould board plough, cage wheels, rotavator, cultivator etc., 6 power sprayer, 6 brush cutter, fertilizer and agrochemicals were distributed to 6 self-help group of tribal farmers.
The Chairman of the function was Shri. Narendra Sawaikar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, South Goa. He appreciated the institute for its dedicated work for Goa while pointing out to the farmers that they should utilize the inputs and expertise of Scientists for agricultural development of their areas and their state. The chief guest of the function was Dr. Alok Kumar Sikka, Hon’ble DDG (NRM). He interacted with tribal farmers and asked them what are all the agricultural inputs are required for better farming. He also requested the beneficiaries to maintain, share and utilize the equipments properly. The function was presided by Dr. Narendra Pratap Singh, Director, ICAR– Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute. He gave a background about the Tribal Sub Plan programmes of the institute during the past three years for tribal farmers of Goa.
Scientists and Incharge of KVK and other staff of ICAR-CCARI participated in the event.