Pragativahini News,Bengaluru : Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai suggested preparing a scientific outlook report to change the lives of farmers.
Speaking after inaugurating International Millet and Organic Mela-2023 here on Friday, he said in other countries, they will prepare an outlook report that will predict the rainfall next year based on the rains received in the last decade, total sowing, productivity, international and local market, and then one price. A similar report must be prepared to work out the cost of cultivation of each crop and the rate must also be mentioned in the report so that farmers will grow within that rate. The cost of cultivation will help to save the crop. This must be discussed and debated and brought out with the coordination of the Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Price Commission.
Rural loan scheme must change
The CM said the rural loan scheme must change to improve the rural economy. None of them has maintained the ratio of loans from land. In the case that the loan requirement is Rs. 20,000, only 7,000–8,000 is provided. Farmers will quit pleading with the Marwaris for loans if the necessary loan amount is granted.
” I have requested Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and Union Agriculture Minister to change the rural loan scheme and urged to direct NABARD to increase the loan sanction system. These things will end uncertainty in the lives of farmers. Our government has disbursed interest-free loans to 33 lakh farmers and to 3 lakh new farmers and it’s a record. The Raith Shakti scheme started within 10 days. The Yashasvini scheme has been relaunched. Besides, free power supply to farmers, an incentive for the milk producers, and an encouraging solar agriculture pump set.”
Awareness on millets
Bommai said millets are grown across the state. Once agriculture was meant only for food production but now it is becoming commercial. Agriculture experts have opined that food safety will be affected in the coming days if the balance is not maintained between commercial crops and agricultural crops.
Jawar & Ragi in PDS
The CM said the productivity of the areca nut, a commercial crop has increased. Paddy is grown on a big scale due to improvements in irrigation. A majority of people use jawar and ragi and they are distributed through PDS in the last three years due to their demand which is rising from the increased usage among the people. Millets have got international recognition. therefore the current year has been declared as the ‘Year of Millets’. The agricultural varsities must come out of the campus to help farmers on a bigger scale.
Agriculture Minister B.C.Patil, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shobha Karandlaje, MLC T.A.Saravana and others were present.