Grow medicinal plants, get subsidy!

If you’re a herbalist at heart and want to cultivate herbs or medicinal plants, this is for you. Growing medicinal plants can be very rewarding. If you have land and are eligible as a farmer/cultivator and are already growing plants like kokum (garcinia indica), pippali (piper longum), madhukari (stevia rebaudiana), etc, as per National Ayush Mission norms, apply for a subsidy to Chief Executive Officer, State Medicinal Plants Board, Goa Baord, Goa, Office of the Deeputy Conservator of Forests, Research & Utilisation Division, Aquem Margao on or before August 15, 2019. For more information contact CEO, Conservator of Forests, Research & Utilisation Division, Aquem, Margao. Or for details email Or call 08322750099.

Happiness Festival: This is a 4-day festival you may join in for celebrating life, monsoons, creativity and wellbeing with activities like trekking, trails, sensory walks, nature art, earth sculpting, cooperative games, storytelling poetry, art and music. Also learn techniques of positive thinking like guided meditation, interactive sharing and much more. Venue: Tanshikar Spice Farm, Netravali. Date: This is ongoing till Sunday, July28, but for details for future programs you may call 983471002/9404151333

Sustainable Living: On the occasion of World Nature Conservation Day there will be a talk on protecting Goa’s rich dying ecosystems by nature activist Abhijeet Prabhudesai. Venue: International Centre Goa, Dona Paula, Panaji. Date: Sunday, July 28. Time: 6pm to 7.30pm

Ease of doing business in Goa: A talk in the Fomento Lecture Series hosted by Goa Business School, Fomento chairperson Auduth Timblo will be speaking on the subject of doing business in Goa. Venue: Goa Business School Auditorium, Block F, Goa University, Bambolim, Panaji. Date: Saturday, July 27. Time: 11am.

‘Ear to the ground – Goa’s garbage problem’: A green talk in which you may participate to throw light on how to deal with waste management, cleanliness, garbage problems, much more to ensure a healthier environment for us and our children. Venue: International Centre Goa, Dona Paula, Panaji. Date: Saturday, July 27. Time: 5pm

Stormy Mondays: Watch a film titled `The Soul of a Man’ by Wim Wenders and afterwards relax at a musical jam session organized by Desmond Nazareth and P D Mukherjee. Entry is free for all. Venue: Inernatioinal Centre Goa, Dona Paula, Panaji. Date: Monday, July 29. Time: 7pm. Details:

Lead an eco-friendly lifestyle! Earth Keepers Goa has organized a session in which Capt Joseph Lobo (founder of Sewage Treatment & Dispersal Systems) who will teach participants how to convert our kitchen water (grey water) and sewage water (black water) organically into highly nutritious water to nourish garden trees and plants. Promises to be a lively, enlightening session for all those seeking sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyles! Capt Joseph has been installing his systems for the past 10 years and about 75 locations in north Goa are now using them presently. Free for all and not be missed. Venue: The Sustainability Centre at Mozaic, 1 Design Valley, Defense Colony, Alto Porvorim, Bardez. Date: Saturday, July 27. Time: 11am to 1pm. Details: Call Ranon Thomas on 8888409687

Diabetic-friendly Diets: A useful talk by clinical nutritionist Joline Fernandes. Free for all. Venue: Fruitilicious, Patto Plaza, Patto Centre, Panaji. Date: Sunday, July 28. Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Details: 9922701738

GTDC Trekking: Trek to Pali Waterfalls. Be sure to wear comfy footwear and take along your own personal needs. Venue: Transport arrangements from Mapusa at 7.30am, from Margao at 7.15am and from Panaji at 8.30am, pick up arrangements from Old Goa, Banastari, Sakahli, also available. Fee: `800. Details: Call 9422057704/8379022215

Remembering Mohammed Rafi: Who doesn’t love the songs of Rafi, one of India’s legendary musicians? Come the rains and many music lovers can be heard remembering the songs of one of Hindi cinema’s icons and various musical evenings are organized to remember Mohammed Rafi and the songs he sang. Here’s one tribute being paid in Ek Shaam Rafi Ke Naam , featuring Baroda-based singers Mehmood Hassan and Chetana Sahane and Mumbai-based RK who will entertain Rafi fans. Venue: Great Hall, Hotel Fidalgo, 18th June Road, Panaji. Date: Saturday, July 27. Time: 7pm to 11pm

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