Govt to take over barren land for contract farming

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 22 March 2013 18:07 IST

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar has warned to take over the uncultivated agricultural land and give it to ‘contract farmers’ for cultivation.

He has already made a provision of Rs 50 lakh in the budget to introduce contract farming in Goa.

Opposition leader Pratapsing Rane had also moved a resolution to introduce contract farming in Goa.

In reply, Parrikar said section 36 of the Agricultural Tenancy Act already has a provision to revert the agricultural land back to the government if the tenant stops cultivating it.

The government has mooted the idea to introduce contract farming since the owners the agricultural land have stoped tilling it for several years now.

A survey of how much agricultural land is actually fallen barren and how much is cultivated would begin from May, said the chief minister.

“I appeal to all the farmers to start cultivating as the government would take over the land soon after the survey is completed”, said Parrikar.

He also made it clear that the government would not wait until next Assembly session to take a decision in this regard but would issue an ordinance, if required.

He categorically made three issues clear:

-          No agricultural land would be converted into non-agricultural unless it is required for a government project.

-          No agricultural land would be sold to any outsider.

-          No agricultural land would be allowed to remain barren, without cultivation.

Parrikar also agreed to Rane’s suggestion to make a provision that provisions of Tenancy Act would not apply to contract farming and the contract farmer would not be considered a tenant. 

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