`Integrated farming beneficial'

BANGALORE, JULY 24. Experts in the field of agriculture have suggested to small and marginal farmers to adopt an integrated farming method to increase their family income. Speaking at a programme on "Integrated farming and Antyodaya" at the Institute of Agriculture Technologists (IAT) here on Saturday, B.V. Venkat Rao, President, Environment Education Foundation, said a cropping-system mixture of cereals, pulses, foodgrains, vegetables, bush-tree crop plants on landholding boundaries, main and sub-bunds and contour lines would help farmers to produce sufficient foodgrains to feed their families. The integrated farming method would ensure regular income throughout the year and help small farmers and tenants to stand on their own feet, he said. The integrated diversified activity was a component of ongoing national watershed development programme and it generated work around the year. It was anti-erosive and helped soil and moisture conservation, he added. Rudra Aradhya, scientist from a research station of the University of Agriculture Sciences (UAS), said a farmer could earn Rs. 42,000 a year from one acre of land by adopting the integrated farming system. The system would help overcome problems such as scarcity of water and labour.

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