Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, R.R. Hanchinal, has said that funds will be set aside in the varsity budget for taking up research focussing on millets.

Presiding over the two-day national convention of millet growers here on Sunday, Prof. Hanchinal said the varsity had already take steps for processing of millets, and was planning to hold a series of programmes to create awareness among farmers to cultivate millets.

The “Millet first for Research and Development of millets” would become the mantra of the varsity. The new agricultural college opened in Haveri district would concentrate on development of millet-growing areas and enhance the knowledge of farmers.

Prof. Hanchinal said that use of chemical fertilizers to increase the crop yield has rendered fertile land barren.

He argued that if millet cultivation is taken up on a large scale, it could help the country overcome food crisis.

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha working president Basavaraj Tambake inaugurated the convention. Distributing millets through the Public Distribution System (PDS) was the need of hour and the issue would be discussed with the National Raitha Sangha Committee, he said.

Farmers from 10 States are participating in the event.

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