Use agro grants optimally, farmers told

Lots drawn to select Suvarna Bhoomi beneficiaries

Use agro grants optimally, farmers told

Beneficiaries of the Suvarna Bhoomi project for 2012-13 were selected with a draw of lots in the two taluks on Saturday.

Legislator N H Shivashankar Reddy, who inaugurated the process organised at the Governance Pre-university College in Gauribidanur by the Horticulture, Agriculture and Fisheries departments, called upon farmers to utilise the grants given under the scheme optimally, only to purchase manure, sowing seeds and other agricultural work. He also told farmers who are not selected to be optimistic as their chances of selection would be higher next year.

The legislator advised officers of the departments to ensure new candidates get the benefits, and the beneficiaries are not repeated.

Anuroopa, assistant director of the Agriculture Department, taluk unit, said they had not invited new applications for the scheme in 2012-13. “The number of applications received last year went far beyond expectations.

The Department has 1,930 applications for the draw this year. Of these, 1,447 were selected from the general category, 323 from the scheduled castes and 160 from the scheduled tribes,” she said.

“The beneficiaries selected today will get Rs 5,000 in the first phase and another Rs 5,000 in the second,” the assistant director added.

Eligible farmers

Bagepalli legislator N Sampangi said the benefits of projects implemented by the Central and State governments should reach eligible farmers.

Sampangi, who inaugurated the selection at the Government Middle School in the town said there were 1,187 applications under agriculture section, 535 under horticulture and 23 for fisheries. “Grants up to Rs 1.25 lakh have been released in the first phase. Beneficiaries will get Rs 5,000 in the second phase,” he said.

“In the backdrop of drought in 123 taluks all over Karnataka, the State government should release more funds for drought relief,” he added.

“The Small Irrigation Department and the Zilla Panchayat will desilt the tanks in the district using the Rs 130-crore grant under the RRR project. Supply of drinking water, electricity, repair of roads and hygiene will be given priority,” said Sampangi.

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