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Now, Goa minister says there are good people in Haryana

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

After calling a section of the domestic tourists visiting the "scum of the earth" and claiming that "north Indians" wanted to "create a Haryana" in the coastal state, Agriculture today said "there are also good people in Haryana".

Sardesai's remarks, seemingly aimed at playing down the controversy caused by his intemperate comments about domestic visitors, came a day after Chief Manohar Lal Khattar called up his counterpart, Manohar Parrikar, and expressed strong objection to the minister's utterances.

"has also got good people and we are in touch with them," said, while referring to his recent meeting with of the at Gurugram to understand the concept of cosmic farming.

"These days, we have been hearing about A few days ago, I had gone to Gurugram to meet Dr Avadhoot Shivanand, who is working on cosmic farming," he added, while addressing an event organised by the State Horticulture Corporation Limited (GSHCL) here.

Shivanand had told him that "farming with celestial sounds" needed to be promoted, the said.

"Shivanand is not talking about magic. He has a doctorate from the There is some basis for his claims on cosmic farming," he added.

At the GSHCL event, some farmers were felicitated for their performance in maximising the crop yield.

"We are willing to work with the I had gone there with the We need to encourage local germ-plasm and give a push to organic farming," the minister said.

Sardesai's (GFP) is one of the constituents of the BJP-led NDA government in the coastal state. The other alliance partners are the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and three Independent MLAs.

The minister had last week kicked up a storm when he described a section of domestic tourists visiting Goa as the "scum of the earth" and claimed that "north Indians" wanted to "create a Haryana in Goa".

He had also urged the to look for "qualitative and not quantitative" improvement in the visitors.

Though the (AAP) had demanded an apology from over his remarks, the GFP today said there was no need for the to do so.

Addressing farmers at the GSHCL event, Sardesai underlined the need to adopt organic farming.

"If we (the farmers and the state government) start giving a push to organic farming, it would take 10 years for entire Goa to be covered with organic farming. We are not too far from making Goa an organic farming state. We need to start from somewhere," he said, adding that farmers had successfully done farming through organic means.

In the next five years, organic farming would be a buzzword in Goa, Sardesai said.

He added that production of horticulture was the need of the hour in Goa if the coastal state wanted to put an end to its dependence on the neighbouring states for the procurement of vegetables.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 21:45 IST