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Projects to be executed under Centre’s Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

The funds allocated will be spent during 2008-12

Projects aimed at making farm sector economically viable

BANGALORE: Karnataka will implement several projects at a cost of Rs. 1,824.65 crore in the next four years of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan in order to bring a new dynamism to the agricultural and allied sectors.

All projects will be executed during 2008-12 under the Centre’s ambitious Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana. The Centre’s programme is aimed at motivating States to increase public investment in the agricultural and allied sectors and prepare agriculture plans for districts based on agro-climatic conditions.

The State-level Sanctioning Committee headed by Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao cleared the projects at a recent meeting and told the Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Agricultural Marketing departments to go ahead with their execution.

A sum of Rs. 314.13 crore has been earmarked for projects in 2008-09, Rs. 449.85 crore in 2009-10, Rs. 502.37 crore in 2010-11 and Rs. 558.29 crore in 2011-12, officials of the Agriculture Department said.

Projects totalling Rs. 1,467.97 crore have been sanctioned for the Agriculture Department, and the Horticulture Department will implement projects amounting to Rs. 183.25 crore. Projects totalling Rs. 112.05 crore have been sanctioned for Animal Husbandry, Rs. 52.88 crore for Fisheries and Rs. 8.50 crore for Agricultural Marketing.

The Agricultural Department has prepared comprehensive agricultural plans for all the 29 districts to ensure effective implementation of the projects.

The projects are aimed at making the farm sector economically viable. The share of agriculture in the Gross Domestic Product came down from over 3.4 per cent a year in 1981-82 and 1996-97 to around 2.1 per cent since 1997-98. The deceleration, although most marked in rain-fed areas, occurred in all major sub-sectors such as horticulture, livestock and fisheries where growth was expected to be high.

The Agriculture Department will utilise funds to revitalise the agricultural extension system. It will release funds for implementing schemes that encourage farmers’ participation in extension programmes and for the Karnataka Seed Mission and the Karnataka Farm Mechanisation Mission.

Horticulture

The Horticulture Department has decided to use funds to set up flower auction centres for traditional flowers in Udupi, Madikeri, Sirsi, Belgaum, Chikkanayakanahalli and Davangere in the next four years. A sum of Rs. 15 crore has been allocated for the purpose.

Floriculture covers about 21,500 hectares in the State and production is around 1.60 lakh tonnes worth about Rs. 300 crore. At present, there are 125 hi-tech floriculture units in the State spread over an area of 200 hectares.

A sum of Rs. 26.40 crore has been allocated to set up integrated bio-centres in Bidar, Koppal, Shimoga and Mysore. A sum of Rs. 86.05 crore has been earmarked for production and supply of good-quality seeds and saplings of horticultural crops, Rs. 19 crore for a mango resource centre at the Hogalagere horticultural farm at Srinivasapura in Kolar district and Rs. 26.80 crore for strengthening Horticultural Cooperative Marketing Society (HOPCOMS) units in the districts and Rs. 9.02 crore for setting up a multi-processing plant in Kolar.

Animal husbandry

The Animal Husbandry Department will execute five major projects for poultry (Rs. 27.95 crore), piggery (Rs. 14.74 crore), sheep and goat (Rs. 10 crore), augmenting animal vaccine production (Rs. 19.47 crore) and animal health and extension services (Rs. 39.83 crore).

The Fisheries Department plans a Rs. 52.88-crore integrated fisheries development project.

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