Rs. 1 crore released for Kodagu as farm subsidy: Bopaiah

Recognition: Farmers who won the agriculture awards with the guests at the Farmers’ Day function in Madikeri on Tuesday.

Recognition: Farmers who won the agriculture awards with the guests at the Farmers’ Day function in Madikeri on Tuesday.  

Staff Correspondent

‘Government has laid emphasis on the welfare of farmers’

Rs. 8.16-crore loan disbursed to 1,184 farmers

in Kodagu this year

Employ modern methods to improve productivity, farmers told

Madikeri: The State Government has released Rs. 1 crore for Kodagu as subsidy to farmers to buy agriculture equipment, seeds and related materials, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly K.G. Bopaiah said here on Tuesday.

He was inaugurating the Farmers’ Day at the Cauvery Kalakshetra here. Kodagu was predominantly an agriculture district and farmers would benefit immensely from the Government help. The Government had laid emphasis on the welfare of farmers. The well-being of farmers had a direct bearing on the well-being of the community at large, Mr. Bopaiah said.

For the first time in the country, the Government had taken steps for disbursing loans to farmers in the cooperative sector at an interest rate of 3 per cent, Mr. Bopaiah said. Farmers should avail themselves of the benefits of the Government scheme and become self-reliant and economically strong, he said.

Madikeri MLA M.P. Appachu Ranjan, who distributed agriculture awards to nine farmers for achieving outstanding paddy yields, said bulk of the farmers in the country depended on agriculture and they ought to be given all kinds of support.

He called upon farmers to make use of modern methods in agriculture to improve productivity.

Mr. Ranjan was of the opinion that commercial banks too should emulate the cooperative sector in extending loans at 3 per cent interest rate to farmers.

Deputy Commissioner M.K. Baladevakrishna said the Rs. 1 crore subsidy would be disbursed among small and marginal farmers. The Government had decided to encourage farmers by organising the Farmers’ Day and presenting them with awards since last year. He said that there were 70 lakh account-holder farmers in the State. In Kodagu, 27,684 farmers had availed themselves of the benefits of loan and interest waiver announced by the Government, amounting to Rs. 56.69 crore. Of this, Rs. 53.67 had been released to Kodagu. As far as identifying new farmers was concerned, in line with the directions of the Government, 1,184 farmers were identified in the district and Rs. 8.16 crore was disbursed to them as loan this year, he said.

Three farmers each were chosen for agriculture awards from the three taluks of the district.

They were: C.K. Uthappa (first prize), K.S. Vasu (second prize) and P.R. Mandappa (third prize), all from Madikeri taluk; Kandera Kushalappa, K.K. Rajesh and P.K. Madhu from Virajpet taluk; and H.E. Shantappa, Nirmala and S.P. Basavaraju from Somwarpet taluk. President of the Kodagu Zilla Panachayat Deerghakeshi Shivanna presided over the function.

Vice-president of the zilla panachayat Rajamma Rudrayya, president of the zilla panachayat Standing Committee on Social Justice S.N. Raja Rao, zilla panachayat members Manu Muthappa and Kanjitanda Anita and Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panachayat A.S. Ramachandrappa were present. Earlier, Joint Director of Agriculture, Kodagu, K.R. Krishnayya welcomed the gathering.

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