UAS-Dharwad to implement programme in seven districts
R.R. Hanchinal, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, has said the university will select small and marginal farmers in seven districts that come under the varsity, and encourage them to implement integrated farming.
Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Dr. Hanchinal said the university aimed to promote integrated farming and had a comprehensive plan to provide dryland farmers with alternative sources of revenue.
He said that owing to persistent drought, mainly in the north Karnataka region, small and marginal farmers were incurring heavy losses because of which they were forced to migrate in search of jobs.
“With a two-pronged objective of providing alternative revenue-generating activities, and preventing migration, the university has decided to implement integrated farming in seven districts,” he said. It would be implemented on around 2,300 hectares of land.
Dr. Hanchinal said that under the programme, farmers would be encouraged to take up dairy and poultry farming and horticulture that would help them earn money even during drought.
He said that the programme would be implemented on 40 hectares of land near Raita Samparka Kendras in the seven districts so that farmers could get information at the kendras.
He said that the State government had released Rs. 13 crore to the university for the programme.
Dr. Hanchinal said the university had taken up research to produce high quality seeds that could germinate with limited water. It was also focussing on promoting organic farming, conserving water and preventing soil erosion.
Dr. Hanchinal said UAS-B would sign agreements with U.S.-, U.K.- and Canada-based universities to take up research in agriculture.
Claiming that UAS-Dharwad was the frontrunner among agricultural universities in the country in terms of research, he said that when Pranab Mukherjee was Finance Minister, he had awarded Rs. 50 crore to the university.
Under the programme, farmers can take up dairy and poultry farming, and horticulture State government has released Rs. 13 crore to the university for the purpose
Under the programme, farmers can take up dairy and poultry farming, and horticulture
State government has released Rs. 13 crore to the university for the purpose