Disturbed with todays trend of freezing natural resouces for an pity excuse of development, a group of like minded people accepted the challenge to preserve wildlife and its essential environment. To begin with this group acquired a land of 105 acres.
For sustainanace of the project and to make it self-reliant the group is planning to strart agricultural tourism activity. Hence the group is becoming active under the banner of KOKANGABHA AGRO TOURISM.
Aims of KOKANGABHA AGRO TOURISM
Out of the acquired 105 acres of land, 50 acres has been developed into commercial cashew farming with drip–irrigation for more than 5000 cashew plants as a main crop along with following varieties
In addition to the above plantations, farm also produces seasonal vegetables like Brinjal, Tomato, Bhendi, Bottle Gourd, Chilly, Alu, Snake Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Pumpkin, Drumsticks, Radish etc. More importantly the owners are emphasizing on use of organic fertilizers to get better quality and hygienic products
Kokangabha also has a aquaculture pond of the area 12000 sq ft, in which fresh water species like Rohu, Catla and Prawns are being cultivated.
The district of Ratnagiri lies between 16*.30' and 18*.00' North latitude and 73*.00' to 74*.00' east longitude on the Konkan strip along the West Coast of India. The district has a North -South length of about 180 CMS and an average East West extension of 64 kms It’s coastal length is about 167 kms. The district is bound by Raigad district in the North , Sindhudurg in South, the Arabian sea on the West and the Sahyadri hills on the East.
The district of Ratnagiri has a geographical area of 8326 Sq. Km., which forms 2.7 % of the total geographical area of Maharashtra State. Geographically the district can be classified into three zones.
The predominant soil in the district is laterite soil which vary in colour from bright red to brownish red owing to the preponderance of hydrated iron oxide.
All the rivers in the district originate from the Sahayadri ranges and flow from east to west and merge in the Arabian Sea. The river Savitri flows on the northern periphery forming a natural boundary between Ratnagiri and Raigad districts. And is navigable for about 35 kms.in the district. The other important rivers in the district are Vashishti, Jagbudi, Caster, Bad, Muchkundi and Jaitapur. The district has numerous small creeks and back waters all along the coastline which can be developed from the Tourism point of view. Most of the rivers are non-perennial although they get over flooded during the monsoon
The climate in Ratnagiri district is humid. The district experiences three seasons viz. Summer (March-May), Monsoon(June-Oct) and Winter(Nov-Feb). Due to it’s proximity to the sea coast, there is not much variation in the day and night temperatures through out the district The district receives rain from the South West monsoon during the months of June to October. The average rainfall in the district is 3787 mm. The quantum of rainfall received is not uniform in all parts of the district.
The total area under forest in the district is about 6700 hectares, which is about 0.82% of the district's geographical area. The forest areas are mainly in talukas of Khed, Lanja, Dapoli and Rajpur. The major forest produces are Timber, firewood, shikakai and gum. The department of Social Forestry is making efforts to bring in more land under forest.