Minister for Agriculture Krishna Byre Gowda said the government would take steps to streamline the process of selecting farmers for the study tours being conducted by the Department of Agriculture.
Speaking after giving away the Best Young Farmer and Best Young Woman Farmer award at the seed mela here on Saturday, Mr. Gowda said his department spent a lot to conduct study tours for the benefit of the farmers. However, complaints have been received that more non-farmers were selected for such tours. Henceforth, attention would be given to prepare the list of farmers so only real farmers were sent for study tours, he assured.
Mr. Gowda expressed concerned that students of agricultural sciences were not willing to take up farming.
During a visit to one of the agricultural colleges only 20 out 80 students expressed willingness to take up farming after studies.
Diploma courses in agriculture were introduced to help farmers equip them with modern agricultural methods, he said, but today the diploma holders were appealing for jobs.
He said he had advised the University of Agricultural Sciences Dharwad to institute awards for young farmers and was happy his advice had been taken.