Three-day Krishi Mela gets under way
Though the agricultural sector has made considerable progress in the last two decades following development of technology, the quality of farm produce has deteriorated owing to excessive use of hybrid seeds, Ramesh Jigajinagi, MP, has said.
Speaking after inaugurating a three-day Krishi Mela at Hitnalli Agriculture Research Centre, 10 km from here, on Sunday, he said the major reason for the deterioration of quality of farm produce was the use of imported hybrid seeds.
Such farm produce would have adverse effect on the health of people who consume them, he said. Until a few decades ago seed production used to be done by farmers themselves and as a result the produce used to be of good quality, the MP said.
Another major problem that the sector was facing was shortage of labour, Mr. Jigajinagi said.
He called upon agricultural scientists to concentrate on developing technologies that could be affordable by small and marginal farmers.
Over 100 stalls have been set up at the venue to showcase various products and latest technologies. Progressive farmers and scientists were felicitated by the organisers for their outstanding performance.
Vittal Katakdond, MLA, presided over the inauguration programme.