Supply of mechanised farm tools will be outsourced, says CM

Spelling out the decision of his government as regards the mechanised implements used in agricultural sector, the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that the mechanical unit of the agricultural department would henceforth be retained in the form of a small, effective team of experts, and most of the other works of this unit, including supply of mechanised agricultural implements would be outsourced.

Replying to a related question from the Bicholim MLA, Mr Naresh Sawal during the Question Hour, the Chief Minister, who also holds the agriculture portfolio, said that he is not happy with the present set up of the agriculture department and jobs like providing mechanised agricultural implements to the farmers would be outsourced, and customer certificate would be utilised to pay the outsourced agencies.

Admitting that the agriculture department cannot maintain the mechanised agricultural implements, the Chief Minister said that the government would provide subsidised tractors to the farmers, depending on the size of their farms. He also pointed out that in the past there have been cases wherein tractors were given to the ‘agriculturists’ who had no land. [NT]