Panaji, February 2: Rising prices of coconuts in Goa was the matter of concern, in order to control the prices and provide coconuts to the consumers at affordable prices, CM Manohar Parrikar on Thursday announced a scheme called 'government intervention to control price rise' for coconuts, along with the Goa State Horticulture Corporation Ltd (GSHCL).
The coconuts were priced at Rs 20, Rs 18 and Rs 15 for the big, medium and small-sized nuts, respectively. While speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that this was an initiative aimed at making it convenient for the people to buy coconuts at affordable rates.
The Chairperson of the Goa State Horticultural, Pravin Zantye said that the scheme was being implemented on a no profit, no loss basis.
Ex MLA Sidharth Kuncalienker told the gathering that the coconuts were being sourced directly from farm to the market from where the Government was buying from the farm and making them available to the people at affordable rates. "It is our endeavor to protect Goan staple food," he said adding that was a "good initiative in the interest of all Goenkars."
Under the scheme, 15 coconuts per family will be made available once in 15 days. Customers will have to produce gas consumer card to avail of the benefit. Customers are to approach Goa State Horticultural outlets in their jurisdiction only.