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Mudigere, Dec 6, 2013, DHNS:
The Krishi Mela-2013, off to a rousing start in Mudigere
There is a need to improve the economic condition of farmers, who have been incurring losses in the farming sector, said Taluk Panchayat President M A Sheshagiri Kalasa.
Speaking at Krishi Mela 2013, organised at College of Horticulture premises in Mudigere on Friday, he said the area under paddy cultivation is on decline in Malnad for the last few years.
As farmers are not fetching good income in paddy cultivation, many have deserted the paddy field and have shown inclination towards growing horticulture crops. If the situation continues, then we may have to struggle to get food in the future.
Krishika Samaja Secretary P K Nagesh said “the welfare programmes initiated by the government for the welfare of the farmers should reach the farmers. The horticulture and agriculture departments should ensure that farmers fetch profit.”
Zilla Panchayat member M S Ananth said that the interaction between scientists and farmers should improve. The researches should reach the field. Mechanisation in farming will help in getting good yield. The technology developed in laboratory should reach farmers.
Agriculture and Horticulture University Special Officer Dr P M Salimath said “research is being carried out to find a solution to Yellow Leaf Disease and Fruit Rot Disease affecting areca. A programme has been chalked out wherein scientists will visit Raitha Samparka Kendra and will interact with farmers twice in a month in the future.
Sudha Ramesh who has achieved success in black pepper cultivation was felicitated.
The exhibition had stalls on seeds, machines, and flowers. Farmers from Kodagu and Hassan districts too participated in the Krishi Mela. Farmers were seen thronging the stalls that had exhibited machinery.
An art piece made of ‘insects’ by the department of Entomology of College of Horticulture was centre of attraction at the venue.
The students created awareness on the insects among farmers