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Save our planet for future, says organic farmer

Mangaluru, April 11, 2015, DHNS: 0:42 IST
“It is our responsibility to save farmland. If we support corporates leaving behind water, air and food, we can’t eat money in future. Neglecting mother earth is a sin, just like neglecting our parents,” said organic farmer Rudrappa.

Rudrappa-Rudramma and Veerappa-Chandramma family of Vittalapur village of Tarikere Taluk of Chikkamagalur was honoured with prestigious ‘Purushothama Sanmana’ honour for their achievement in organic farming at a programme organised by Purushothamarao Krishi Samshodhana Prathishtana and other organisations at Sangha Nikethana here on Saturday.He said as attractive methods of farming are available, very few follow organic method.

But, one has to work to save future. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Akhila Bharathiya Saha Boudhik Pramukh Mukund said organic farming is necessary to save world. Around 40 per cent of land globally is being used for agriculture. It is difficult to produce enough food for 700 crore population of world, which would increase to 900 crore by 2040, through organic farming.

Production increase

However, with modern technology or terraculture production can be increased. Manufacture sector can not provide employment to all, he said.

Member of the Parliament Nalin Kumar Kateel opined that farming culture should revive in Dakshina Kannada District. He claimed Land Acquisition Act was pro-farmer. The government is thinking about 50 per cent compensation during crop loss. “I am also from a family of farmers and I have supported them during MRPL, SEZ and many issues.
SEZ has utilised only 1,000 acre out of 2,300 acre and no industry or agriculture has come up in 1,000 acre. Only around 1,000 have got jobs by SEZ.

If industrialisation continues beyond limit, there will be scarcity of food. Yeddyurappa government supported organic farmers though Savayava Krishi Mission,” he said. A colourful procession was held from Marigudi. The award comprises silver medal and citation.

Book released

‘Sadhakara Sadhane’, a book on awardees was released. A documentary on late Purushothamarao, previous award winners and achievement of present awardees was screened. Farmers exhibited organically grown vegetables and home made products at the venue.

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