‘There is a need to create awareness about it among farmers’

Shamanur Shivashankarappa, Minister for Horticulture and Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs), has said that grants of over Rs. 1,000 crore lying with the Department of Horticulture will be systematically utilised to promote horticulture in the State.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Shivashankarappa said that there was a need to create awareness among farmers about horticultural crops. Farmers in a few places like Bangalore and Kolar were growing horticultural crops and earning a handsome income, he said.

The government had plans to provide certain incentives to make farmers stick to horticulture. Stating that he had certain proposals in mind to encourage farmers to take up horticulture, he said he would discuss them with senior officials of the department and steps would be taken to implement them.

Many horticulture crops could be cultivated in places like Davangere and Chitradurga and even in dry places like Bellary, Raichur and Gulbarga, he said.

He said that he would tour the State in the next few months and study where horticultural crops could be cultivated.

Grand reception

Earlier, Mr. Shivashankarappa was offered a grand reception at Bapuji MBA College on his first visit here after assuming charge as Minister. Congress legislators of the district and party workers greeted the Minister. Later, Mr. Shivashankarappa was taken in a procession.

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