Rs 100 crore to Mango-Cashew Board
A separate Board will be established for an exportable fruits Mango and Cashew for which Rs 100 crore will be disbursed by the government, CM announced
Ratnagiri: A separate Board will be established for an exportable fruits Mango and Cashew on which most of financial transactions of Konkan are based, for which Rs 100 crore will be disbursed by the government, announced the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in Dapoli on Tuesday.
The Board is first of its kind for fruit crops which is also a historical decision for fruit cultivators in Konkan. The Guardian Minister of Sindhudurg, Narayan Rane has played a strong role in establishment of this board which is welcomed in Sindhudurg-Ratnagiri.
CM was talking at the agriculture award function where awards were presented by the Governor K Sankarnarayanan along with him. Narayan Rane along with other dignitaries was also present at the event.
Konkan is blessed with natural ability to produce Cashew and Mangoes but due to lack of planning and training farmers miss on a better yield. Process industry and training is also not available. Rane brought this issue to notice and pursued establishment of a separate Board for these affluent fruits which can earn foreign exchange to the country. He met CM along with some mango cultivators during last budget session.
The event was also attended by Agriculture and Commerce Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Cooperation Minister Harshwardhan Patil, Irrigation Minister Sunil Tatkare, Horticultur Minister Dr Vijaykumar Gavit, Guardian Minister Uday Samant, MP Dr Nilesh Rane, MLA Suryakant Dalvi, Chancellor of Konkan Agriculture University Kisan Lawande, Divisional Commissioner Radheshyam Mopalwar, District President Vinita Shivgan, Uper Chief Secretary of Agriculture Division Dr Sudhirkumar Goyal, Agriculture Commissioner Dr Umakant Dangat, Commerce Director Deepak Taware, District Officer Rajiv Jadhav etc.
“A separate Board for mango and cashew is a necessity for Konkan. We have proper financial provisions for various boards in the State. Mango-cashew board also needs the same. The office of this Board will be set in Agriculture University for now. This office and the wisdom of this university must step out from the building of university. Build such an advanced facility for this Board which would also be a tourist attraction in future.” – The Guardian Minister Narayan Rane