Debate farming methods: Kodgi

Staff Correspondent

Kundapur (Udupi District): The Chairman of the Third Finance Commission of Karnataka A.G. Kodgi said on Saturday that there should be debate on whether farmers should follow a mixed system of farming which included the best practices of natural and modern farming.

He was speaking after inaugurating the farmers' convention organised by the Udupi district unit of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, here.

Mr. Kodgi said that agriculture was facing fundamental problems. One of the problems was lack of scientific data with farmers. They should know the quality of soil and which crop could be grown successfully in it. Farmers were blindly imitating their peers in growing crops. This has lead to many problems, Mr. Kodgi said.

An agriculture policy was required to give scientific information to farmers. The increasing tendency to grow cash crops should also be studied, he said. The Government had issued an order for the constitution of a committee to study the issue of building dams across the west-flowing rivers, Mr. Kodgi said.

Secretary of the district unit of the sangh Satyanarayana Udupa welcomed the gathering. Vice-president Balakrishna Shetty, general secretary Srinivas Hande, and organising secretary of the State unit of the sangh Anna Vinaychandra, were present.