The ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute (CCARI), based in Goa, is to start conducting trials in growing potatoes and other crops that are not usually cultivated there.
The initiative has been taken by the new Director, Dr Parveen Kumar, who was previously with the ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute.
The main crops currently grown in Goa are paddy, ragi, maize, jowar, bajra and pulses. Cash crops like coconut, cashew-nut, arecanut, mango, jackfruit, banana, pineapple are also grown in abundance.
The initiative is part of the government’s ambitious project ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat - Swayampurna Goa' which aims to make the state self-sufficient.
“To make ‘Swayampurna Goa’ ICAR signed MoU with CPRI (Central Potato Research Institute) to increase vegetable and fodder production,” the Director and the team of scientists recently revealed.
Source: Times of India