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Friday, July 29, 2016

Soon, a coconut board for state

PORVORIM: Agriculture minister Ramesh Tawadkar on Friday said his ministry was in the process of forming a coconut development board on the lines of the one in Kerala. The draft is being readied.

The state government, in March, had formally de-recognized the coconut palm as a tree under the Goa, Daman and Diu Preservation of Trees Act, 1984, a decision that came under severe fire from the opposition and environmentalists, as well as drawing plenty of scorn and derision on online platforms.
"There should be a coconut board, I also agree," Tawadkar told the Goa Assembly. "We are going through the documentation of the central government's coconut board and the Kerala coconut development board and are planning how the board should be in Goa and how we can promote the coconut." He was replying to a private member's resolution moved by BJP MLA Pramod Sawant.
Tawadkar also criticized the opposition for falsely spreading rumours that the coconut palm had been reduced to the status of grass. "Coconut is not grass for us, it is a kalpvruksha (a mythical boon-granting tree)," he said.

TOI Goa News

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