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Farmers asked to take challenges head-on

Recognition: Farmer Ratna from Handinakere Haralahalli village in Hassan taluk being felicitated by zilla panchayat president C.N. Balakrishna in Hassan on Tuesday.

Recognition: Farmer Ratna from Handinakere Haralahalli village in Hassan taluk being felicitated by zilla panchayat president C.N. Balakrishna in Hassan on Tuesday.  

Staff Correspondent

‘Announce support price before sowing begins’



Ratna, Krishne Gowda and Kuribettaiah get district-level prizes

Taluk-level: Mallikarjunappa, Puttamma, Gidde Gowda, Parvathamma, Thimmamma, Lakshmaiah



Hassan: Hassan zilla panchayat president C.N. Balakrishna has expressed concern over increase in the number of farmers’ suicide in the district.

As many as 28 farmers have ended their lives since June this year, he said adding that farmers should not take the extreme step instead face the challenges with courage.

He was speaking at the Farmers’ Day function held at the Ambedkar Bhavan in Hassan on Tuesday. It was jointly organised by the Agriculture Department and zilla panchayat.

On the same occasion, the zilla panchayat felicitated Ratna, wife of Ramachandra of Handinakere Haralahalli village, who secured the first prize in the district for growing 49.34 quintals of ragi on a hectare of land for the year 2007-08. D.N. Krishne Gowda from Dummikoppalu in Arakalagudu taluk got the second prize for growing 48.56 quintals. Kuribettaiah from Sompura, Arakalagudu taluk got the third prize for growing 38.50 quintals per hectare.

D.R. Mallikarjunappa, Puttamma, Parvathamma, Thimmamma, Lakshmaiah and Gidde Gowda won prizes at the taluk level. Mr. Balakrishna said Farmers’ Day was being observed all over the country on December 23, the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Choudhary Charan Singh who fought for the welfare of farmers all through his life.

Mr. Balakrishna described farmers as the backbone of the country. He regretted that farmers do not get a good price for their produce. He appealed to the Central and the State Governments to announce support price to food grains before the sowing operation begins so that farmers can choose the crop he wished to grow. He also appealed for better marketing facilities for farmers.

He said Hassan district farmers had suffered crop loss of potato to the tune of Rs. 300 crore. Though the Centre had announced compensation of Rs.11 crore, only Rs. 2.75 crore had been released. He urged the Government to release the balance amount at the earliest. He also suggested to farmers to grow other crops instead of growing potato on a large scale.

Mr. Balakrishna said along with regular crops, farmers should take up sericulture and rear two or three cows.

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