UAS plans to set up farm produce outlets at petrol bunks

University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore (UAS-B) is planning to build support structures for farmers to market their produce directly to customers at various petrol bunks in the City and in some select districts in the State.

The pilot project is likely to take off in June this year in Ramanagar, Kolar and Chikkaballapur.
Addressing the media here on Wednesday, UAS-B Vice Chancellor K Narayana Gowda said on the lines of a few super markets that have now set up their outlets at petrol bunks, the varsity is striving to create such facility for farmers as well.

“The details are yet to be worked out. We have proposed this to the Union Petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily who has agreed to this in principle. However, the guidelines for the scheme will have to be worked out and presented to him,” he said. Plans are afoot to set up markets along the Bangalore- Mysore highway and the Bangalore-Tirupati highway where farmers can sell their produce. Another proposal that would take shape soon is providing market space to farmers on UAS-B campus, he said.

“This system of marketing would reduce the involvement of middlemen and thereby increase the profit margins for farmers.” 

The varsity is drafting a study on ways in which youth could be brought back to agriculture. The report will be submitted to the government within the next few days, he said.

Convocation

UAS-B will hold its 47th convocation on March 8. R K Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute will deliver the convocation address.

The university will confer 471 bachelor’s degree, 209 master’s degree and 56 doctoral degrees. As many as 114 gold medals will be given to meritorious students. The UAS-B offers seven undergraduate programmes and 20 postgraduate courses. The varsity is introducing postdoctoral degree programme in selected disciplines and, postgraduate courses at its Mandya campus from this academic year.

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