GOA: One of the most cherished rice varieties, the Indian Basmati, has made its debut with the farmers of Saljini and Juna in Goa. Having successfully harvested the crop after a recent experimental cultivation in Netravali, the farmers of these South Goa villages have taken up the cultivation of the Basmati for this monsoon season.
“Unlike other varieties of rice which bring the farmers only Rs 14 to 20 per kg, the basmati variety of rice can get Rs 50 per kg,” said Soham Ghate, block technology manager, ATMA, South Goa. He said that the farmers of these villages belong to the ST community and still use traditional methods of farming.
“Since Salgini and Juna don’t get proper sunlight in some parts and sometimes receive rain for almost six months, they are very cold places. We therefore introduced the farmers to new technologies with the aim of growing basmati rice,” Ghate said.
The News 24 Goa