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`Budget proposals cannot solve farmers' problems'

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FOR FARMERS: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa along with Minister for Agriculture Bandeppa Kashampur (right) and the former Minister Kagodu Thimmappa (left) inaugurating `Krishi Chaitanya-2006' in Shimoga on Saturday.
FOR FARMERS: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa along with Minister for Agriculture Bandeppa Kashampur (right) and the former Minister Kagodu Thimmappa (left) inaugurating `Krishi Chaitanya-2006' in Shimoga on Saturday.

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Deadline for repaying farm loans will not be extended: Yediyurappa

Krishi Chaitanya 2006, an agricultural fair, inaugurated Agricultural officers warned against not supplying quality seeds on time Nearly 800 posts of the agricultural officers to be filled up soon

SHIMOGA: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who also holds the Finance Portfolio, said here Saturday that though he made several proposals in his "farmer-friendly" budget to improve the lot of farmers, he was not satisfied with them as they were inadequate to tackle the problems in the agriculture sector.

Inaugurating "Krishi Chaitanya 2006," an agricultural fair organised by the Karnataka Krishik Samaj, he said the intensity of the farmers' problems was so serious that they would not be solved even if the entire budget allocation was earmarked for them.

Stating that the coalition Government had accorded priority to the agricultural sector, Mr. Yediyurappa said the reduction in the rate of interest on agricultural loan obtained through cooperative societies to four percent and the additional allocation of Rs. 850 crore, enabling the cooperative institutions to enhance their lending to farmers, were some of the highlights of the budget.

He warned agricultural officers if action if they failed to supply quality seeds to farmers on time.

Making it clear that there would not be any further extension of time beyond April-end for repayment of agricultural loans, Mr. Yediyurappa appealed to farmers to clear their outstanding so that they could get fresh loans at the reduced rate interest.

He hoped that with the creation of a revolving fund of Rs. 200 crore, it would be possible to prevent farmers from going in for distress sale of their produce if their prices crashed below the minimum support price.

Mr. Yediyurappa paid tributes to the services being rendered by the seer of the Sri Ramachandrapur Math to protect and promote pure Indian cow breeds.

Mr. Yediyurappa unveiled a statue of H.S. Rudrappa, the former president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangh. He hailed the contribution of the late Rudrappa and the late N.D. Sundaresh to the farmers' movement.

Minister for Agriculture Bandeppa Kashampur said nearly 800 vacant posts of the agricultural officers would be filled up soon.

The former Minister Kagodu Thimmappa, who inaugurated the "Krishi Bhavan," suggested that the revolving fund be kept at the disposal of the Deputy Commissioners so that they could intervene in the market offering minimum support prices to the agricultural produce when their prices crashed.

Working president of Karnataka Pradesh Krishik Samaj Vadaguru D.L. Nagaraj inaugurated the N.D. Sundaresh Conference Hall in the Krishik Bhavan. President of the Zilla Krishik Samaj Nagarada Mahadevappa presided over the function. Secretary of the Zilla Krishik Samaj H.C. Basavarajappa welcomed the gathering.

Condemned

Mr. Yediyurappa condemned the vandalism and orgy of violence which claimed eight lives during the funeral procession of Kannada thespian Rajkumar in Bangalore on Thursday. "It was certainly not a way to pay respects to the departed soul," he said.

He attributed it to the deliberate mischief by anti-social elements. "The conspiracy did not bring grace and dignity to such a solemn occasion," he said.

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