Parrikar plans to venture into farming post-retirement



Panaji: Without setting any deadline for his retirement, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today disclosed his plans to retire from active politics and venture into agriculture profession.

To a question on agriculture on the floor of the House, Parrikar said he wants to make agriculture as a "financially viable profession" which will help reduce the lands from being kept fallow.

"I intend to retire and take up agriculture as a profession," he said, without elaborating on it.

A few days back, the chief minister had announced that this would be his last stint in politics as he "wants to retire early."

Parrikar today said on the floor of the House that he aims to increase the agricultural growth by 6 per cent during the current financial year.

He said the government will table a Bill during the current session to ban the sale of agricultural land to non-agriculturists and also ban conversion of agricultural land in the state.

In the next two years, Goa will top in the agriculture production in the country, he said.

PTI