'DK people can be self-reliant in water'

Series of Varanashi model plastic barrages across rivers, rivulets mooted

He was delivering a talk on organic agriculture and Varanashi model plastic barrages at the Rotary Samudaya Bhavan of Kadeshivalaya on October 7.

The programme was sponsored by Vijaya Rural Development Foundation, Mangalore.
He emphasised on the need for encouraging the farmer groups by offering subsidies for constructing these low cost ‘kattas’ (bunds) instead of wasting money over the vented dams of less utility.

He said the Nethravathi river would not get dry even in the toughest of summer if the series of low-cost kattas are installed. He also exhibited pictures of Kattas being installed in Seere river.

Shock over subsidy

He expressed his deep shock over the Union government granting a subsidy to the tune of Rs 1,70,000 crore for manufacturing chemical fertilisers.

The farmers, he said really do not use these fertilisers but they got addicted to the usage. Last year when chemical fertilisers were on short supply resulted in riots and deaths, he remarked.

Dr Varanashi explained about the biological changes happening in the forests over thousands of years which he said is a classical example for sustainability.
He stressed the need to adopt crop diversification along with the usage of locally available organic resources as input in organic agriculture.

C K Parthasarathi, the CEO of Vijaya Foundation welcomed the gathering. Babu Nayak presided over the function.

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