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Paper on status of projects sought

Staff Correspondent


Farm productivity declined in State: B.K. Chandrashekar

‘Educate farmers

on government

schemes'


MYSORE: The former Minister and Congress leader B.K. Chandrashekar on Friday demanded that the State Government publish a document on the status of projects taken up for agricultural development and the funds spent on the farm sector.

“The concept of separate budget for agricultural sector is good, but it cannot be perceived as a budget,” he told presspersons here.

In the recent years, according to Prof Chandrashekar, agriculture productivity had declined in the State. Production of major foodsgrains such as finger millet (raagi), jowar, paddy etc, had declined, he said, suggesting that the agriculture budget should have highlighted the reasons for the decline in the production of foodgrains and proposed steps for improving their production.

The former Minister advocated the need for educating farmers on the government schemes formulated for them.

He observed that allocation of Rs 100 crore for drip irrigation was grossly inadequate and recommended at least Rs. 500 crore be set aside to encourage the system in the rain-dependent areas.

The former Minister said crores of rupees had been spent on the irrigation projects in the State and it was the responsibility of the government to come out with details on the utilisation of funds.

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