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Stone laid for horticulture college

Staff Correspondent


College opened

to encourage

horticulture

‘Rs. 9 crore released for buildings at Hiriyur'


Hiriyur (Chitradurga district): Minister for Horticulture and Sugar S.A. Ravindranath has said that the Government has granted Rs. 60 crore for improving basic amenities and for constructing buildings of 10 colleges coming under the Horticulture University, Bagalkot.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the College of Horticulture and the hostel at Babbur Farm here on Tuesday, he said the Government had sanctioned 10 horticulture colleges, including one in Chitradurga.

“The Government has released Rs. 9 crore for the construction of buildings here,” he said.

On the increase

Mr. Ravindranath asserted that the Government decided to set up the college at Babbur Farm to give more importance to horticulture cultivation, which was gradually becoming popular in the district.

Regretting that some farmers, mainly in Hiriyur taluk, had shifted from horticultural crops to others, the Minister said the college had been opened to encourage such farmers to resume cultivating horticultural crops.

Claiming that the district had a suitable environment for the cultivation of horticultural crops, Mr. Ravindranath urged farmers to grow more of them.

He stated that though horticultural crops fetched profit, many coconut farmers suffered huge losses last year owing to pests..

The menace had been contained to a large extent now and the price of coconut had increased in the market, giving relief to farmers.

Encouragement

The Minister said the Government had released Rs. 1,000 crore to the Department of Horticulture for the current financial year.

Besides, Rs. 250 crore had been given under the Suvarna Bhoomi scheme to promote horticulture, he added.

G.H. Tippareddy, MLC, said the Government had started certificate courses in the horticultural sector to encourage the youth to take up horticulture and to promote the use of new technology in the field.

Hiriyur MLA, D. Sudhakar, the former Minister H. Ekantaiah and S.B. Dandin, Vice-Chancellor of the university, were present.

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