Sunday, 20 May 2012

Give priority to mechanisation of agriculture, farmers told

Two-day Krishi Utsav begins in Katapady
S.A. Prabhakar Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, said on Saturday that farmers should give importance to mechanisation of agriculture.
He was speaking at the inaugural function of the two-day Krishi Utsav organised by the zilla panchayat, Department of Agriculture, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project, and the Dakshina Kannada Milk Producers' Federation here. Mr. Sharma said the government had introduced a single window clearance system to provide technological inputs and agricultural information to farmers. It encouraged interaction between farmers and scientists to increase agricultural productivity.
Karnataka was among the most agrarian States in the country. Changes were taking place in agriculture after the advent of globalisation and liberalisation in the 1990s. It was essential for farmers to keep pace with these changes, he said.
Though paddy was the chief crop of the district, its cultivation suffered because of shortage of labour, high cost of production, and decline in prices. To help farmers, the government had announced support price for paddy. In 2011-12, the government purchased 12,500 quintals of paddy in Udupi district, Mr. Sharma said.
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