‘Bhoo Chetana' programme launched in 16 districts to improve soil fertility
Bijapur: President of the Bijapur Zilla Panchayat Somnath Bagalkot has underlined the need for supplying seeds, fertilizers and implements required by farmers on their doorstep so as to ensure timely cultivation of crops and good yield.
He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on “Bhoo Chetana” organised by the Department of Agriculture and Monsanto India Ltd. at Kandagal Hanumantrai Rangamandir here on Tuesday.
He said the State and Union governments should come up new schemes to provide free seeds and fertilizers to farmers who were facing a lot of hardship off late.
Mr. Bagalkot also stressed the need for taking more works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREA) aimed at retaining fertility of the soil. Zilla panchayat member Panchappa Kalburgi said that overuse of chemical fertilizers results in the soil losing its fertility.
Joint Director of Agriculture C. Bhairappa said the Bhoo Chetana programme was launched by the Government in 16 districts to improve soil fertility. An area of 142 lakh hectares in 206 villages in the 16 sixteen districts would be covered under the programme.
A team of experts from the Department would study the condition of soil in the villages and advise farmers on the cropping pattern to be followed. Separate centres would be opened to distribute seeds and fertilizers in every district, he said.
In Bijapur district, 82 centres had been set up to distribute seeds and fertilizers of all companies. Two mobile units would be launched with the assistance of Monsanto India to provide technical advice and other information to the farmers, he added.
The Department had recognised 410 progressive farmers in the district and they farmers would be visiting every village to deliver special lectures on cropping pattern and techniques to improve the yield, he added.
Zilla panchayat member Dhanappa Kattimani, Assistant Director of Agriculture S.S. Patil and Monsanto India's in-charge officer Soodi were present.