'Revolving fund for seed producing farmers'

Legislator K P Bachegowda inaugurating a programme to disburse incentives to farmers engaged in seeds production, in Chikkaballapur on Saturday. Director of Karnataka Seeds Corporation D L Nagaraj is also seen. DH photo

Speaking after inaugurating a programme to disburse incentives for farmers engaged in seeds production, the MLA suggested setting up a revolving fund to ensure timely payment of such incentives.

He said that the farming community has been beset with numerous problems including labour scarcity.

Beset with problems

Farmers leader Yaluvalli Ramesh, who spoke on the occasion said that farmers have been besieged with numerous problems - erratic power supply, labour shortage and poor quality seeds - to name a few.

The government should therefore provide more facilities to farmers supplying seeds even under such critical circumstances by fixing a profitable price for seeds, he suggested.

Director of Kolar Chikkaballapur Milk Union Limited K V Nagaraj opined that the Seeds Corporation should take into account the problems faced by farmers while determining the price for seeds.

He postulated that priority should be accorded for production of toor dal seeds.

Rs 7.22 lakh incentive

Karnataka Seeds Corporation director D L Nagaraj disclosed that a sum of Rs 7.22 lakh has been disbursed as incentives to farmers producing seeds.

As much as 5,213 quintals of seeds have been produced in 549 acres of land in Chikkaballapur, he revealed.

Taluk Panchayat member K R Reddy, Manchanabele Gram Panchayat member M S Sridhar and others were present.

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