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Governor against acquiring fertile land for industries

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Bhardwaj stresses the importance of food security

Inquisitive: A crowd looking at the emus displayed at the Krishi Mela in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
Inquisitive: A crowd looking at the emus displayed at the Krishi Mela in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Thursday called upon the Government to have a policy that prohibited acquiring fertile agricultural land to set up industries and Special Economic Zones.

Inaugurating the Krishi Mela-2010, a four-day farm fest on the Gandhi Krishi Vignyan Kendra campus of the University of Agricultural Sciences (Bangalore), he said while industrial production was important, it could not be at the cost of agricultural production and food security.

“A nation cannot preserve its sovereignty without food security,” he said, and added that food insecurity was threatening the entire world. The Centre and the State should work together to encourage farm universities to come up with technology to speed up agricultural production, he said.

Krishna Byre Gowda, MLA, said that farmers should demand what would serve them on a long-term basis, such as implementation of long-pending irrigation projects. The Krishi Mela served as a unique opportunity for agricultural experts and farmers to meet.Social Welfare Minister A. Narayanaswamy said agricultural research should take into account not just the 15 per cent of land-owning communities, but also the 50 lakh families in Karnataka from depressed classes who worked on these lands.

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