Agriculture is one of the important economic activities in Goa. The total agricultural area is approximately 1400 sq km from which 1200 sq km is owned by the govt and remaining 200 sq km is owned privately. Rice and coconut are the staple produce of Goa. Paddy is cultivated during the monsoon from the months of June to September.
Mining in Goa started before 1961 when Goa was under the rule of Portugues. The Japanese mineral prospectors had surveyed Goa and found iron ore, manganese and bauxite in the hilly region of the western ghats. The colonial government had granted 336 mining leases. Although Goa got its liberation from the colonial government on 19 December 1961.
Down the corridors of time Goa has been different things to different people. To the Portuguese conquerors it was 'Golden Goa', the El Dorado, the 'Rome of the East'. Such was its beauty and grandeur, that a traveller was moved to remark: 'Whoever has seen Goa, need not visit Lisboa'-Lisbon, which was then the grand epicenter of the Portuguese dominions.What to see → Where to stay → Tourists Helpdesk →