Agriculture integrated by two Talur brothers impresses minister

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Mysuru: State Agriculture Minister BC Patil yesterday inaugurated the ‘Raitharondige Ondu Dina’ (A Day with Farmers) program organized by the State Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture in Talur, in Jayapura Hobli.

Speaking on the occasion, he said agriculture is becoming a neglected sector. Farmers see it as financially unviable. “To instill confidence in farmers and encourage them to take up farming, the state government has implemented various schemes and ‘Raitharondige Ondu Dina’ is one of them which intends to know the problems faced by farmers in the field spending a day with them,” he said.

The minister revealed that he was spending a day with farmers in all districts and said that he had already visited 15 districts and advised farmers to use all the facilities provided by the government.

The Minister urged the farming community to adopt an integrated agriculture that includes poultry, fish farming, livestock and the cultivation of decorative flowers instead of depending on one or two traditional crops so that it can be financially sound and also at use initiated financial aid programs. by Union and State Governments in this regard.

Later, Patil interacted with farmers and also visited the farmlands of TS Somashekar, a progressive farmer from Talur and his brother TS Shivanna and showed keen interest in knowing about the integrated farming practiced by the two brothers. He expressed his happiness after seeing the integrated farming of the two brothers.

The land cultivated by the two brothers is surrounded by many new and upcoming residential developments and the brothers have so far succeeded in thwarting the land mafia’s efforts to acquire their land and have introduced and implemented a progressive farming system which is a good mix of tradition. and technology.

The two brothers cultivate papaya and mango in addition to the banana plantation. Beekeeping (apiculture) is also successfully practiced here. Using the rain harvesting facility, fish farming (fish farming) is also done using water ponds in addition to using rainwater for crops.

The ‘Gerbera’, a decorative flower, used for wedding ceremonies, which has a good commercial value is also cultivated. Farmer TS Somashekar said that by growing ‘Gerbera’ alone, he earns Rs. 5 lakh per month as the flower has huge demand during wedding season and various other functions.

The responsible minister for the district, ST Somashekar, appreciated Minister Patil’s efforts to visit each district and interact with the farmers and solve their problems.

The minister distributed tractors, tillers and other agricultural equipment to farmers on the occasion. Chamundeshwari MLA GT Devegowda, CADA Chairman N. Shivalingaiah, MUDA Chairman HV Rajeev, Agriculture Department Director Dr CN Nandini Kumari, KVIB Chairman NR Krishnappa Gowda, Farmers and others officials were present.

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