Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar, who is the Agriculture Minister on Wednesday launched the ‘offer of the week for Rs 100’ by supplying 10 different fresh vegetables to the doorstep of the people in the state.
In order to provide market facility to Goan farmers, Goa Shetkari, a newly formed farmer’s organisation has taken the initiative to supply fresh vegetables grown by the local farmer at Rs 100 at the doorstep of people.
The Agriculture Minister launched the unique initiative at the function held in the Secretariat in the presence of the promoters of farmer’s organisation namely Manoj Gaonkar, Mangesh Khedekar, Ajit Pai, Harshad Bhosle and Vivek Sawant.
In this particular offer of the week, the farmers group will supply one kg onion, half kg potatoes, one kg tomatoes, one bunch tambadi bhaji, half kg vegetable, four lemons, quarter kg carrot, quarter kg cucumber, one bunch coriander and 200 gram chillies at Rs 100 only at the doorsteps.
In order get this offer, the people have to place an order on the Whatsapp number only. The payment can be done at the time of delivery.
One of the promoters of the group Mangesh Khedekar said that vegetables will be changed every week as per availability and for fruits there will be extra cost.
It is also informed that shortly the farmers group will start exclusive stores and mobile van all over Goa to support local farmers.
The group has coordinators in Canacona, Margao, Sanvordem, Vasco, Ponda, Marcel, Panaji, Porvorim, Mapusa, Pernem, Bicholim, Sankhali and Valpoi.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, the Deputy Chief Minister Kavlekar said that the agriculture department has decided to support such initiatives taken by the farmers and assured to provide any kind of assistance for promoting and marketing of vegetables and other agriculture produces grown by Goan farmers.
He said that the department is in process of developing 500 organic clusters in the state which will further boost the agriculture.
“Our endeavour is to make Goa an agriculture state in the near future. And, I observed that many youth are coming forward to take up farming in the state, which is a positive sign for the agriculture sector,” he said.
Kavlekar said that as of today 1.40 lakh hector of land is being cultivated in Goa and another 14,000 hector fallow land is available, which has scope for farming.