Agri price commission in a week: CM

Agri price commission in a week: CM

The State government will set up the Agriculture Price Commission in a week and also pick its members, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Friday. The commission was announced in the 2014-15 budget, but is yet to become a reality. 

Speaking at the valedictory ceremony of the golden jubilee celebration of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Siddaramaiah said the commission would look into how farmers could get good prices for their produce. He said the slowdown in agricultural expansion programmes was a big concern and there was a need to lift it out of stagnation. The chief minister wondered why there were no new inventions in agriculture despite so many universities. 

Siddaramaiah regretted the lack of much improvement in model farming technologies across the world as well as in Karnataka. There is a need for major inventions here. The area under cultivation in the State has not increased over the years from 184 lakh hectares and is rather being lost to industrialisation and residential purpose. Since about 65 per cent farming in Karnataka is rainfed, better water management is the need of the hour. Most farmers do not understand its importance. This is where universities like the UAS-B and scientific interventions play a vital role, he said. The State’s population is increasing at the rate of two per cent but agricultural production is not keeping pace, he added. 

At the event, a book and CD titled “Comprehensive Modernisation of Farming and its Implementation” was released. The university also honoured its distinguished alumni, students and professors besides farmers. Among them were KPCC president G Parameshwara, Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan, former MLA A T Ramaswamy, MLC Capt Ganesh Karnik, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly N H Shivashankara Reddy and MLAs Rajanna and H P Rajesh. 

Ann Widowson, daughter of Leslie Colemen — the Canadian entomologist and mycologist who served as the first director of the Agricultural School, GKVK — was also honoured. Coleman was the first principal of the agricultural university under the princely state of Mysore. Former chief minister S Nijalingappa’s son S N Kiran Shankar, Udupi-based farmer couple Timmanna Hegde and Vijaya, farmer K B Pratibha from Arsikere, students Ramya N and Chiranjeevi Kumar, UAS-B directors Nagaraj and Shantakumar were also felicitated. 

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