Staff Correspondent

`Raitha Jagruti Samavesha' inaugurated

Raichur: S.A. Patil, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, has underlined the need for a national policy on organic farming to boost agricultural production and save soil fertility.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Raitha Jagruti Samavesha organised by the Hyderabad-Karnataka development wing of Kothala Basaweshwara Bharatiya Shikshana Samithi, Sedam (Gulbarga) here on Wednesday.

Agricultural production had been on the decline as majority of the farmers had taken to using fertilizers and pesticides in excess. Excess use of water had also affected the soil property, leading to salination. Diversification of agriculture with organic farming was the only solution to stop further salination and boost up agricultural production, he said.

A majority of population from rural areas had migrated to cities for education and jobs.

This had affected agricultural activities, he said.

Gurunath R.Gouder, member of the governing council of agricultural university, Dharwad, and experts, including R.A ravind and C.V.Patil, also spoke. Office-bearers of the district unit of the samithi, including N. Shankarappa, S.M. Siddareddy and V. Shanthareddy, were present.