Madikeri to get 'horti-clinic'

Madikeri to get 'horti-clinic'

Minister promises rejuvenation of orange, pepper and anthurium plantations

Delivering the Republic Day address after hoisting the tri-colour flag at Republic Day celebration at Fort premises in Madikeri on Wednesday, he said horti cilinic will provide information on horticulture development, creation of ornamental parks, technical hand book and CD. It will also provide information on the protection of horticulture crops and its market.

A sum of Rs 315.94 lakh was earmarked for Kodagu during 2010-11 under National Horticulture Mission. Of which, Rs 162 lakh has been utilised. Special emphasis are given for the rejuvenation of orange, pepper, extension of banana plantation and anthurium plantations, he added. The minister said that a programme to provide a compensation of Rs one lakh for the death of farmers due to snake bite or fire accidents is getting ready. A sum of Rs 10,000 will be given to the farmers if hay gets damaged due to accidental fire.

Remembering those who have toiled hard for the sovereignty and integrity of the country, he said the Constitution has given opportunity for every citizen to practice the religion of his choice, equality, and right to speech.

“Inspite of diversity in culture, tradition, caste and practice, the country is marching the path of development. We need to remember the sacrifice of the great leaders who were responsible for building the country. Legislature, Judiaciary, Executive and Press are the four pillars of democracy. If one pillar becomes weak, then the democracy may collapse,” he added.

MLC M C Nanaiah, CMC President H M Nandakumar, ZP CEO N Krishnappa, Additional DC K M Chandre Gowda, SP Manjunath Annigeri and others were present.