Volatile political situation is one of the obstacles, says Wani
Bhoochetana, a programme aimed at rejuvenating soil health, has been a successful scheme in Karnataka whereas it has failed to elicit much interest among the farmers in Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing a press conference held at ICRISAT here on Monday as part of its 41st foundation day celebrations, Krishna Byre Gowda, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka, said the Karnataka government has decided to go ahead with the programme with Bhoochetana Plus. The programme, designed and implemented by International Crops Research Station for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), has benefitted more than 4.75 million farmers in Karnataka in four districts - Tumkur, Raichur, Bijapur and Chikmagalur.
He said that under Bhoochetana Plus, they were going beyond soil health and focusing on forestry, dairy farming and post-harvest activities that would help the farming community. “The scientists at ICRISAT are dedicatedly addressing the problems of dry-land agriculture farmers. The partnership with ICRISAT is solid and evolving,” he said.
Kaushik Mukherjee, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, Dr. C.L.L. Gowda, Deputy Director General, IRISAT were also present.
Suhas P. Wani, Principal Scientist (Watersheds), said that though they had aimed at implementing the programme in about 1 lakh hectares in Andhra Pradesh, they were able to reach only 60 per cent due to various reasons including non-availability of soil testing data and volatile political situation.