10 lakh farmers to get Rs 10,000 each for agri activity

The money will be given in two instalments to the beneficiaries to take up any agriculture-related activities. Of an estimated 50 lakh small farmers in the State, about 10 lakh small farmers will be covered under the scheme in 2011-12.

All these details on the scheme were finalised at a meeting of officials convened by Yeddyurappa on Friday.

Allocations have also been made to promote research activities like strengthening research capabilities at Research Stations and Farms, improvement of college laboratories, upgradation of district training centres, setting up of insecticides control laboratories, development of saline and alkaline water logged areas, enrichment of soil fertility and soil conservation in catchment areas.

The Chief Minister announced that agriculture universities will take up integrated farming system and showcase it to the farmers. Four agriculture universities, one horticulture university and one veterinary university in the State will jointly conduct integrated farming system on about 25,000 hectares of land across the State on experimental basis.
“About 70 per cent of farmers are small farmers with less than one hectare land. Integrated farming is the only way out for these farmers. We will prove that it is possible to lead a comfortable life by taking up integrated farming in just one hectare. This will revolutionise the farm sector in the State,” Prof T N Prakash Kammardi, head of department of Agricultural Economics, University of Agricultural Sciences, said.

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