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KBA chairman decries ‘too much use of chemical fertilizers’

Karnataka has 56 nomadic tribes

21 volumes to be released on their lives

HASSAN: Kannada Book Authority (KBA) chairman S.G. Siddaramaiah has expressed concern over farmers committing suicide, and attributed its incidence to the ills-effects of globalisation.

Addressing a gathering at the Government Degree College for Women here on Tuesday, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that with too much use of chemical fertilizers, land had lost its fertility.

Earlier, agricultural practices were based on convention, and the use of natural and organic resources. With the advent of scientific cultivation, land had become infertile, he said. The Green Revolution had still remained notional, he added.

College principal D.G. Krishne Gowda presided over the function. Director of Collegiate Education K.V. Kodandaramaiah, Joint Director K. Srihari and Assistant Executive Engineer N. Krishnaiah spoke. R.K. Radhakrishna proposed a vote of thanks.

Education

Mr. Siddaramaiah said the effects globalisation had permeated almost every sphere of life. It was slowly creeping into the education sector as well.

“If we are not careful, the ‘globalisation’ of education would further enrich the haves, leaving the rest of society out of the reckoning,” he said.

He wanted education to turn value-oriented and conventional instead. Mr. Siddaramaiah appreciated women for their diligence and perseverance. It was for this reason that they were successful in all fields.

Survey of tribes

Mr. Siddaramaiah said that for the first time, the KBA had conducted a survey of nomadic tribes numbering 749 in the country.

Their population was 10 crore, he added. In some States they were part of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. They had not been given the benefits of reservation. Maharashtra had 73 nomadic tribes, the maximum in the country, while Karnataka had 56.

He said the KBA, after conducting a detailed survey, had decided to bring out 21 volumes on their lives. It had recently released 12 volumes and the remaining nine were still under print. They are scheduled to be released on March 30. He said the purpose of the compilation was to provide them social justice.

He said the KBA had documented various aspects of the Indian agriculture system and had published 12 books on natural farming, organic farming and conventional farming, with the help of experts.

To facilitate the availability of books in rural areas, the KBA had started sale counters in 14 places in the State. It had published 136 books in four years, he said. Seventy-five per cent of books had been sold. Many such books were supplied to schools and various social organisations.

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