EFood goes to Goa in South West India

Travelling and experiencing different cultures gives you also the possibility not only to enrich your personal life experience but also to taste new food from around the world and to open your mind to new tastes and food concepts.

Goa, in Southwest India, has its unique food history as it was until 1961 a Portuguese colony. We can find hence a mix of tastes that can impress also people of superior taste.

This is an example of what I am talking about, green plant based organic veggies, tempeh and mixed nuts.

Besides the very original taste of this cuisine, in the last few years, in Goa organic farming has caught people’s attention. The agriculture department recently launched a state sector scheme, under which, 50 per cent assistance will be given on the cost of organic inputs limited to ₹10,000 (approx 100 euro) per hectare and maximum up to 2 hectares per beneficiary for all categories of farmers. These organic inputs are organic fertilisers, bio-fertilisers, bio-pesticides and bio-control agents. Farmers possessing a valid Krishi card and cultivating a minimum area of 0.1 hectares in the state are eligible for this scheme.

Taking advantage of the organic farming promoters coming to Goa, the Konkan Fruit Fest was pushed to April and an exhibition and sale of organic produce like fruits and vegetables was organised as part of the event. Now, this event is held every year in Goa focusing on a particular fruit or plant.

Another success story is the Chorao Farmers Club which was initiated in the year 2008 with a group of 22 farmers from the island village of Chorao. Today, it has around 100 members, 50 per cent of whom are women. They sell various products like coconut oil, cashew nuts, etc., but their most famous products are the salt-tolerant, traditional variety of rice called Corgut, grown without using chemical fertilisers. It has high fibre content, essential oils, digestible protein as well as high levels of vitamin B complex.