Dairy farmers called upon to adopt modern technology

Dairy farmers called upon to adopt modern technology

Dharmasthala Rural Development Programme district director Vijayakumar has called upon dairy farmers to adopt modern technology for more profitability in their occupation.

Speaking at a workshop on “Profitable Dairy Farming” at Yalavara village in the taluk on Wednesday, he said that as much as 60% of the farmers were still depending on the age-old practice for agriculture as a result of which farming had turned out to be non-profitable for them.’

“People from all section of society are shunning agriculture. Rural youth are migrating to cities in search of jobs. The environment in India is conducive for farming. But, people are reluctant to adopt modern technology to make farming more profitable,” he said.

Vijayakumar said that Israel lacks water and the environmental condition there is not suitable for agriculture. Despite these drawbacks, the country is in the forefront of agriculture, by making effective use of technology in agriculture. Farmers in Israel have considered seriously, the warning of the scientists that the country may turn into desert.

Elaborating on the measures to draw back people for farming, he said that self-help groups had been formed under the ‘Pragathi Bandhu Yojane” for laying thrust on agriculture. Awareness is being created among women to make dairy farming more profitable. He suggested that women should not form an association only for the sole purpose of obtaining loans. “The Sanghas are not for the purpose of loans. Their objective is to promote by development through co-operation. If loans are the sole purpose of self-help groups then development would be a distant dream. In the past two years, a savings pool of Rs 9.50 crore had been created by forming 10,600 SHGs.” He said that though the district had been facing water crisis, dairy farming had come as a silver lining in the cloud.

Veterinary doctor Dr Srinivas said that the cattle in the farm of local legislator Varthur Prakash were infected with brucellosis. The experts from the veterinary college in Bengaluru have given suggestions on maintaining the cattle. The experts have also said that the disease will not spread to human beings.

However, he said that farmers should be cautious about the spread of the infection as some cattle in Arahalli had symptoms of Brucellosis. The blood samples of the cattle in the vicinity of the village had been collected for a laboratory analysis. He said that the campaign for vaccination against food and mouth disease would begin soon and appealed all the dairy farmers to vaccinate their cattle without fail.

District Co-operative Union president Sonnegowda said that computerised system of milk collection had been installed at the dairy in the village and hence the producers should take care to maintain quality. Zilla Panchayat member Padmavathamma, deputy manager of the milk union Dr A C Srinivsa Gowda and others were present.

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