Officials urged to motivate farmers to take up horticulture
SHIMOGA: Shimoga Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer P. Bore Gowda stressed here on Tuesday that the need to give more importance to organic farming and the need to check excessive use of chemical fertilizers.
Mr. Bore Gowda was speaking as chief guest at a seminar on organic farming in horticulture organised by the Department of Horticulture in memory of the former Director of Horticulture the late M.H. Marigowda.
The Chief Executive Officer said it was only through organic farming that soil fertility could be conserved and enhanced. He asked the officials of the Horticulture Department to motivate small and marginal farmers to take to horticulture under the "Namma hola namma tota".
Mr. Bore Gowda attributed the pest attacks on standing crops to less application of indigenous farming methods.
Progressive farmer Devangi R. Prafullachandra, who inaugurated the seminar, said the credit of popularising horticulture in the dry and rain fed areas should go to Marigowda. Chairman of the Standing Committee of Agriculture and Industry of the zilla panchayat H.L. Shadakshari suggested that the methods initiated by Marigowda to promote the development of horticulture should be popularised.
He warned that horticulture would suffer if traditional methods of cultivation were neglected.
Zilla panchayat members N. Premkumar and H.C. Basavarajappa spoke. Krishik Samaj district unit president Nagarada Mahadevappa favoured judicious use of water in agricultural practices.
Shimoga Taluk Panchayat president S.V. Meenakumari presided over the function. Zilla panchayat member D. Tejappa, Karnataka Horticulture Federation director K.T. Gangadhar and Udyan Kala Sangha district vice-president Kadidal Gopal were present.
Deputy Director of Horticulture Shakeel Ahmed welcomed the gathering.