Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said the State government has decided to remit subsidy above Rs. 5,000 to beneficiary farmers to buy cultivators and other tools, and to implement drip irrigation.

He said the government had taken this decision after complaints that farmers were being provided with substandard cultivators or implements by the Department.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr. Gowda said the government had decided to recruit additional staff for the Raitha Samparka Kendras (RSK)across the State.

Technical staff

He said the government had realised that some of the technical staff was engaged in the distribution of seeds and fertilizers and could not assist the farmers in technical issues. Hence the government has decided to post additional non-technical staff for RSKs, he said.

There were over 3,000 vacancies in the State Agriculture Department, the Minister said. He added over 9,500 young farmers have been appointed by the Department as farming facilitators and they would be trained to assist the farmers. One farmer facilitator would be posted in each village, he said.

Mr. Gowda said floods had affected over 12 districts while drought situation prevailed in 167 hoblis in the State. He said special grants had been released for areca nut and potato, which were badly hit in many parts, parts including Shimoga and Hassan.

He said many crops which were adversely affected owing to heavy rains and high moisture in many parts of the state including Davangere, could be saved by taking necessary measures, adding that he would be sending a team of experts from Agriculture University to districts to guide farmers as how to protect their crops and get optimum yield.

He has asked the Deputy Commissioners of districts, including Davangere, to send a report on crop failure.

He said the State had decided to spend over Rs. 50,000 crore in five years towards irrigation using optimum amount of water, and the government already earmarked Rs. 10,000 crore for irrigation projects this year.

Another Rs. 1,000 crore had been earmarked to ensure farmers got fair prices for their agriculture products and the project would be implemented by the year end.

Mr. Gowda said the State government had appealed to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to send a team to assess crop loss owing to drought and floods and Mr. Pawar reportedly promised to do so.

  • Subsidy amount to buy tools and install drip irrigation to be Rs. 5,000 and above

  • There are more than 3,000 vacancies in the State Agricultural Department