More sops to farmers...
Hiriyadka (Udupi district) Oct 10, 2008: The state government was studying the possibilities of giving a subsidy of 25 per cent for purchase of all agricultural implements and machinery according to the Home minister Dr. V.S. Acharya.
Dr. Acharya was participating in the demonstration of the composite paddy cultivation machine at the premises of the Veerabhadra Temple in Hiriyadka eight kilometers from Udupi.
Dr.Acharya stated that Dakshina Kannada had been one among the top paddy cultivators in the state but due to the labour problems the district has now slid down in the line up. Farm mechanization will help the district to overcome the shortage of labour he added.
Dr. Acharya said though 60 per cent of the people were engaged in agriculture in the state their gross income amounted to only 18 per cent whereas only 20 per cent of the people were engaged in industry and their income had gone up to 22 per cent in the recent years he added.
Chairman of the State Apex co-operative bank M.N. Rajendra Kumar who presided over the demonstration programme said farm mechanization was the only way that can bring out the best in farming. He said with co-operative movement it was possible to gain more in the farming sector.
The farm mechanization project of the government of India was also chipping in a substantial sum of money into the project he added.
Others those who were present on the occasion included SD Sampath of Bangalore University of Agriculture, Prof Mithanthaya of Nitte Engg College, Naveen Chandra Jain president of farmers club Nitte, Dr TR Guruprasad, and others.