Agro-Based & Food Processing Industries
Goa has traditionally been strong in agricultural production. However, over the last decade the quantum of agricultural cultivation has reduced.
The Government of Goa is committed to reviving agriculture and has announced several schemes for agricultural promotion including schemes for new agriculturists as well as for usage of modern techniques to increase yield and quality. Goa also has a large fish catch and around 4000 hectares of marshy khazan lands for shrimp farming.
The Government seeks to create an enabling environment conducive to attracting investment in agro-based industry to accelerate the revival of agricultural production and animal husbandry activities, provide remunerative price to the farmers, and generate employment opportunities in rural areas. Environmentally friendly processing of agro-products that add value to the agricultural, fish and animal husbandry produce and open up export potential of the produce are also being encouraged.
To facilitate agro-based industry, the Government will be setting up cold chain facilities in the planned logistics hubs. For MSME’s in agro-based industries,the Government of Goa proposes to provide a sales and distribution network through outlets at major tourist entry/ exit points, and provide assistance and subsidies for export promotion. The Department of Agriculture will notify the scheme shortly.