Chilli cultivation takes root in Goa


 Stating that the green chilli cultivation in Goa is witnessing a major boost, the agriculture director, Mr Satish Tendulkar on Monday said that right now chilli cultivators in Goa are growing chillies in a quantity, which makes their retail sale in the market possible.
“However, hopefully in a year’s time, this cultivation should reach a stage wherein the chillies would be sold in wholesale,” he added.              
Mr Tendulkar told The Navhind Times that South Goa is on the forefront in chilli cultivation with areas like Majorda and Cansaulim in Salcette taluka, Raitole in Quepem taluka and a number of places in Canacona witnessing substantial cultivation of green chillies.
“The farmers in Bardez taluka in North Goa also undertake chilli cultivation,” he maintained.
In North Goa, the farmers are mostly seen cultivating  brinjals along with the chilli crop, while in the South Goa they combine chilli cultivation with that of watermelon.
The agriculture director said that now a days, the Goa State Horticulture Development Corporation provides seeds of specific variety of green chillies as well as watermelons to the farmers, and during the three-month period between November 2012 and January 2013, has distributed around 100 kg of such seeds.
“The Corporation has also made arrangement to procure the crop,” Mr Tendulkar added, maintaining that if the farmers desire to sell their crop on their own, they are allowed to do so. He also stated that the chilli crop has already started reaping profits.
“In fact, those farmers, who were cultivating alsande (cow peas) have started using the extra space available for chilli cultivation,” he added, maintaining that there is no hard-and-fast rule about growing chillies along the slope.
“In fact, during the summer season, one can take chilli crop in the non-sloppy areas; of course, by ensuring that no water saturates at the base of the plants,” he cautioned, recalling that the un-seasonal rain witnessed by the state, last month destroyed some of the chilli crop in the state.
The director of agriculture stated that the locally grown chilli is sold in various markets around the state as also watermelons.
“In fact, watermelons are even sold along the highways running through the state, in places like Verna and so on,” he added. [NT]