: A programme on agricultural mechanisation for small and marginal farmers, funded by the Union government’s tribal sub-plan, was organised at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Complex for Goa, on Tuesday.
Under the programme led by Mathala Juliet Gupta, scientist (Agricultural Engineering), ICAR, agricultural machinery worth Rs. 20 lakh was distributed to 75 farmers belonging to the Nuvem Scheduled Tribe Farmers Association, Cupem, Salcete, and 21 farmers belonging to the Baida Xhetkarancho Ekvott, Baida ward, Nuvem, and the Duguem Farmers Group, Duguem.
Paddy threshers and winnowing fans were distributed to seven groups from Geodongrem, Canacona, in the presence of Francisco Sardinha, south Goa MP. Director of ICAR, Goa, Narendra Pratap Singh spoke about the areas in which the institution was striving to serve farmers of Goa. He urged the farmers to adopt high-yielding varieties of different crops.