President of Germany Joachim Gauck, along with his wife, visited Tyagatur and Muddapura villages in Gubbi taluk of Tumkur district on Saturday.
The President was accompanied by German consulate officials; German mediapersons; chief general manager, Business Initiative Department, NABARD, Mumbai; Venkatesh Tagad, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Karnataka, and G.R. Chintala Chief General Manager, NABARD, Regional Office, Bangalore.
Mr. Gauck arrived at Tyagatur around 3.45 p.m. and visited the Gubbi coir cluster unit, which is funded by Germany.
He interacted with workers in the coir unit. He then went to Muddapura village, which is around two-and-a-half km away. He visited Shanishwara temple and then interacted with children studying in government schools, members of the gram panchayat and residents of Muddapura village.
He said he liked the environment of Muddapura and expressed his happiness at the hospitality extended to them and added that he would relate his experience back home.
He saw farmers dehusking coconuts and asked them whether they sold the coconuts directly in the market or through middlemen. He also asked whether all the children went to school.
A large number of people had gathered to see the German President, who left the village in the evening.