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Launch project to supply water to dryland districts: Muniyappa

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‘Union Government ready to help State in this regard'


‘If project is realised, famers can grow quality crops'

‘Conduct survey to set up nodal marketing agency'




Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa handing over a tiller to a farmer at the valedictory of the Krishi Mela in Bangalore on Sunday.

BANGALORE: Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa has called upon the State Government to launch the long-pending project to draw water from the major west flowing rivers of the Western Ghats, particularly the Netravathi, and supply it to dryland districts such as Tumkur, Kolar and Chickballapur for agricultural and drinking purposes.

Mr. Muniyappa was speaking at the valedictory of the four-day Krishi Mela 2010, organised by the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, on Sunday.

Explaining the importance of the project, Mr. Muniyappa said that the Centre was ready to mobilise resources, including foreign aid, if the BJP Government in the State exercised its political will and guaranteed that it would launch the project, which would cover all 75 taluks in the dryland districts.

The project, once realised, would help famers of the dryland areas cultivate quality crops with assured profits. Many MPs and MLAs had met Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa regarding the project but the State Government was yet to take action, he added.

Referring to the price situation and the existing marketing mechanism for agricultural produce, Mr. Muniyappa said that either the State Government or the UAS should conduct a comprehensive survey to establish a sustainable nodal marketing agency with defined responsibilities. Welcoming the gathering, Vice-Chancellor of UAS Bangalore K. Narayana Gowda said that by showcasing various aspects of agriculture, including the latest technology, the Krishi Mela was fast becoming a national event. The mela was likely to become a more purposeful agricultural mission with public and private participation in the near future, he said.

Reading a report on the mela, R.K. Kulkarni of the organising committee said that over 6.50 lakh farmers and others visited the mela. He said that there were 540 stalls that exhibited agriculture-related equipment and other components. The mela recorded an overall business turnover of over Rs. 1. 83 crore, he said.

Deputy Director-General of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research K.D. Kokate spoke. Byataranapura MLA Krishna Byre Gowda presided over the concluding session.

Thirteen stalls bagged the annual best stalls award which carried a memento and a certificate each.

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