KARNATAKA

Growers get to learn about modern farm practices at mela

Special Correspondent

Construct barrages to overcome threat of floods: Deshpande

TIRTHAHALLI: A three-day State-level Krishi Mela organised by Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Gramabhivruddhi Yojane, which concluded at the Government Pre-University College ground here on Friday, was successful not only in creating interest among farmers about modern farm practices but also in furnishing necessary information about them.

Nearly three lakh people are said to have visited the Krishi Mela.

Resolutions

Several resolutions were passed during the mela demanding, among other things, ban on hybrid seeds and plastics; cold storage facility in each district; special subsidy for mechanisation of agriculture which has become inevitable in view of shortage of farm workers; special programme to protect native paddy varieties; involvement of voluntary organisations in soil conservation work; and encouragement for mixed and inter cropping and dairying.

President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee R.V. Deshpande, who was the chief guest at the valedictory function, suggested that small and minor irrigation projects such as construction of barrages should be taken up instead of major irrigation projects. He said it was possible to meet the threat of floods owing to overflowing of dams by constructing barrages across rivers.

It was only through permanent development schemes that havoc caused by floods or droughts could be overcome as relief being given by the Union or State governments was not sufficient to meet the threats of their consequences, he said.

Mr. Deshpande suggested that village and cottage industries should get more encouragement.

Award

Progressive farmers Gurunath Gowda of Sorab taluk, P. Eshwaran of Kudligere in Bhadravati taluk and K. Manjunath Achar of Avinahalli in Sagar taluk were presented “Krishi Sadhaka” awards in appreciation of their innovative farm practices.

Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala D. Veerendra Heggade; his wife, Hemavathi Heggade; former MLAs Araga Jnanendra and Patamakki Rathnakar were present.

Agricultural implements and information regarding them were displayed in 250 stalls at the mela.

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