Goa a tourism centric service sector economy, was no exception to hit hard for by the Covid 19. Low cost polyhouses project initiated by NABARD came fruitful as it ensured livelihood opportunities for jobless youth and SHG members. 10 such nurseries were sanctioned by NABARD to Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) covering five blocks of the State.
Usha Ramesh, General Manager / OiC, Goa RO, Shri Vasant Savardekar, DGM and Shri Sushil Naik, DDM visited a few nurseries. Shri Dilip Paranjape, Project Director, ATMA and the Zonal Agriculture Officers of Pernem & Bardez Blocks coordinated the visit to Nurseries. Interaction with farmers revealed that the first cycle during the festive season of Dussehera and Diwali was very productive and with the logistics support of ATMA, they were to take up the nursery activities on an ongoing basis.
This unique livelihood project turned to be a boon as it has helped attract youth to Agriculture and has provided them with livelihood options. The concept of Swayampurna Goem is made to the true sense as earlier the seedlings used to be sourced from Maharashtra and sold at double the prevailing price. The project has demonstrated the benefits of Farm Sector Interventions in times of COVID-19 through a project which can be replicated all over.