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Davangere included in the National Horticulture Mission

The mission aims at popularising biological pest control methods, vermiculture Rs. 75 lakh earmarked to check pest menace 14,000 farmers to benefit from the mission

DAVANGERE: Organic farming will be taken up in 6,280 hectares of land in the State at a cost of Rs. 6.2 crore under the National Horticulture Mission of the Union Government. In Davangere district, 200 hectares will be brought under organic farming as part of the mission. The mission aims at popularising biological pest control methods, manufacturing vermiculture and organic farming. According to sources in the Horticulture Department, the Government proposed to provide an assistance of Rs. 10,000 each to 218 beneficiaries engaged in vermiculture.

The sources told The Hindu that Rs. 75 lakh had been earmarked for biological pest control methods. An additional Rs. 75 lakh had been earmarked to check the pest menace through natural means and 14,000 farmers would benefit from the programme.

In Davangere district, agriculture equipment worth Rs. 1,000 would be given to each beneficiary free of cost. A total of 750 beneficiaries would avail themselves of this benefit.

They were expected to take up biological pest control methods, the sources said. The department had 211 acres in the district of which 75 acres at K. Kallhalli in Harpanahalli taluk was barren. The department was making efforts to grow horticultural plants in 10 hectares at a cost of Rs. 1.5 lakh, they said.

A "model garden" would be developed in 46 acres at Avaragolla in Davangere taluk at a cost of Rs. 18 lakh. As many as 10 ponds would be built in the farms of the department and apiary would be taken up soon, the sources said.