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KDP meet for inclusion of paddy in Suvarna Bhoomi

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It is to help farmers to get financial assistance

K. Abhayachandra Jain, MLA, and Bhavya Poojary, president of the Mangalore Taluk Panchayat, at the KDP meeting in Mangalore on Tuesday.
K. Abhayachandra Jain, MLA, and Bhavya Poojary, president of the Mangalore Taluk Panchayat, at the KDP meeting in Mangalore on Tuesday.

The Mangalore Taluk Karnataka Development Programme Reviewing Committee at its meeting here on Tuesday resolved to recommend to the State government to include paddy in Suvarna Bhoomi Yojane for extending financial assistance to farmers.

K. Narayana Shetty, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Mangalore taluk, said that the yojane launched recently to provide Rs.10,000 as assistance to small and marginal farmers in two instalments did not cover paddy.

He said that the yojane covered oilseeds and pulses. But farmers in Dakshina Kannada did not cultivate them as khariff crop. Farmers in the district cultivated them as rabi (winter) crop. Hence, farmers could not avail themselves of benefits of the scheme now.

Mr. Shetty said that farmers would not get the benefits of the scheme even if they cultivated paddy as khariff crop. The meeting presided over by K. Abhayachandra Jain, MLA, resolved to draw the attention of the government to it.

The MLA urged the officials of the Horticulture Department to promote jasmine cultivation as it was a good source of income.

An official from the Department of Health and Family Welfare said that 77 malaria cases were detected in the taluk in the first three months of this year. Blood smears of 18,071 people were tested during the period in the taluk.

He said that more cases had been reported from a colony at Lingappayya Kadu near Mulky. The official attributed it to storing water in drums for more days.

The MLA said that the department had not given enough attention to improving infrastructure at community hospital in Mulky.

Mr. Jain told the officials of the Social Welfare Department to ensure that all government hostels had tiled floors.

An official from the Horticulture Department said that only one person was given subsidy in the past three months to develop an arecanut peeling machine.

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