Panaji, Feb 21 (PTI) With the aim to double the income of farmers in the state by 2022, the Goa government has formulated “The Vision 2025” document which lists out various measures including “greening young minds” to achieve this goal. Also Read - Veteran Congress Leader Satish Sharma Dies at 73

The initiative is basically aimed at attracting the youth to farming and grooming them. Also Read - New Delhi, Goa and Mumbai Top Booked Destinations by Indians During Valentine’s Week

The Economic Survey 2016-17, placed on the floor of the House, has mentioned the Agriculture department’s initiative of improving the income of agriculturists. Also Read - Mira Rajput Flaunts Her Rs 20K Abstract Print Co-ord in Goa And Husband Shahid Kapoor Goes Flirty Over The Look

“In order to channelise these efforts more effectively and to prepare for the challenges ahead, a series of workshops was conducted involving representatives of farmers, input dealers, NGOs and agricultural officers as well as field staff,” the survey said.

“The vision 2025 document is formulated keeping in mind the economic stability and welfare of the farmers. This plan envisages doubling of farmers’ income by year 2022 and substantial increase in the GDP from agriculture and allied sectors,” it said.

Listing out several initiatives, the survey has pointed out that the stress is also given on “greening young minds”.

“To sustain agriculture in the long term, there is need to bring the youth into farming. To expose school students to vegetable cultivation, a comprehensive programme of training followed by actual cultivation of vegetables was taken up in 90 schools through the Agriculture Technology Management Agency in both the districts,” the survey stated.

It said the tendency to keep fertile paddy fields fallow needs to be vigorously fought.

The document mentions names of the farmers clubs that have shown the way by getting even disinterested land owners involved in the farming.

The concept of community farming is promoted for creation of common infrastructure with the aim to organise farmers into commodity interest groups or farmers interest groups to facilitate more effective marketing, the survey adds.

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