Education on disaster management among farmers much-needed, says DC

Education on disaster management among farmers much-needed, says DC

'District administration spends Rs 50 cr to manage drought'

Education on disaster management among farmers much-needed, says DC

Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, on Monday, said that it is high-time that educated people on managing drought and flood situation to protect agriculture crops.

The DC was addressing students of Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) after inaugurating a two-week course on ‘Spatial technology and modeling for drought management’, here. Shikha said, “The government is spending huge amount of funds to manage natural calamities and farmers are suffering heavy loss due to natural disasters.”

“The district administration has spent Rs 50 crore to manage drought in the district. If farmers and people are educated to manage drought, it would help the government and also save people’s money. A majority of the farmers are cultivating commercial crops now. In Mysuru district alone, in recent years, 10,000 acres of land has come under commercial crops. Earlier, these lands were used to grow food crops,” Shikha said.

“Due to urbanisation and globalisation, agriculture lands are vanishing. Nearly 2,000 acres of land in the district has been converted into non-agricultural lands. Although there is no objection for urbanisation, the people using farmlands for commercial purpose may face critical conditions in future, if they fail to protect their agriculture lands,” she warned.

Principal Syed Shakeeb Ur Rahman, scientist and research leader Prasannagowda from USDA-ARS, Grazinglands Research Laboratory, El Reno, Oklahoma, USA and, professor Pushpa Tuppad were present.

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