Nagesh Prabhu

Rs. 15 crore for holding krishi melas in districts every year

100 new HOPCOMS outlets to come up in Bangalore

Bangalore: The subsidised loan scheme under which farmers could borrow money at 3 per cent interest will be extended only to those who made timely repayment, said Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said in his 2010-11 budget.

A sum of Rs. 120 crore has been allotted for giving loans to farmers through cooperatives. The eligible farmers should submit their loan details to the taluk officers of the Cooperation Department and register their names by April 30, 2010.

An amount of Rs. 200 crore has been provided to facilitate farmers in obtaining loans from commercial banks at subsidised rates, he said.

Jalasri

He said a movement “jalasiri” would be started with an expenditure target of Rs. 500 crore for building at least two lakh water-harvesting structures in the State. A special award of Rs. 5 lakh would be given to best gram panchayat (GP) in every taluk for performance in building water-harvesting structures.

He said “Antharaganga micro-irrigation Corporation would be set up with an outlay of Rs. 100 crore to provide assistance and technology to farmers”.

The budget has proposed to extend “Bhoochetana” programme from six to 15 districts to cover 12.5 lakh hectares of land to increase soil fertility by providing Rs. 15 crore to Krishi Vigyan Kendras.

It allocated Rs. 15 crore for holding krishi melas in districts every year.

The budget also proposed to set up an agriculture university at Shimoga for study and research of special plants and crops of the Malnad region.

A sum of Rs. 10 crore would be allotted, he said.

Noting that about 52,200 farmers have adopted organic farming, he said Rs.100 crore would be allotted for the purpose.

RTC copies

The budget has proposed to reduce user fee for obtaining RTC copies by the farmers from Rs.15 to Rs.10. He said Rs. 25 crore would be provided for constructing buildings for Raitha Samparka Kendras in hobli headquarters.

The budget proposed to set up a Karnataka Mango Board with a provision of Rs.10 crore.

Of 400 horticulture farms under the Department of Horticulture, 100 farms would be developed as nurseries and market centres with private partnership. An amount of Rs. 5 crore each would be provided to open Horticulture Colleges in Mysore, Hiriyur, Sirsi and Koppal, he said.

The budget proposed to provide Rs.10 crore for giving capital assistance of 25 per cent to entrepreneurs for establishing fruit and vegetable processing units, with an investment of at least Rs.10 lakh. An amount of Rs. 5 crore would be provided for establishing daily procurement system in district centres for organised marketing of fruits and vegetables.

For marketing of horticultural products, space for 100 new outlets will be provided to HOPCOMS in Bangalore city; these outlets will be maintained through PPP model.

Areca-growers will be provided subsidy of 50 per cent of the cost with a maximum of Rs.1 lakh for purchase of modern areca-peeling equipment.

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