Karnataka government urged to encourage cooperative farming in unused paddies

Jannie Delucca

Farmers and elected associates from Dakshina Kannada district have urged the Karnataka govt to really encourage cooperative farming functions in the unused paddy fields in the district.

Talking at a assessment conference done by Karnataka Agriculture Minister BC Patil in Mangaluru on Tuesday, Rajesh Naik, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Bantwal, said that a significant part of farmers with compact land holdings have not been cultivating paddy in their fields for quite a few years. They experience it is uneconomical for them to cultivate paddy in compact land holdings.

The Dakshina Kannada district, which was when self-enough in paddy cultivation, is now relying on other districts to meet its needs. The govt really should conduct a study of this sort of unused paddy fields in the district and really encourage intrigued groups of farmers to choose up cooperative farming in this sort of unused paddy fields, he additional.

Nalin Kumar Kateel, Member of Parliament from Dakshina Kannada, supported Naik’s sights.

Reverse migration

Referring to the implications of Covid-19 on the farming sector, Prabhakara Mayya, a farmer from Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, said that quite a few kids from rural areas, who experienced remaining for urban centres in lookup of greener pastures, are now coming back to their roots. Many this sort of kids are trying to get his advice on preparing their long term in farming.

In this sort of a condition, the govt really should really encourage farmers to choose up cooperative farming in unused paddy fields. An added 250 hectares of land can be introduced less than paddy cultivation in Dakshina Kannada district with this sort of an initiative, he said.

Another farmer who attended the conference urged the govt to conduct a village-level study of unused paddy fields in the district.

The Minister asked the Agriculture Division officers in Dakshina Kannada to conduct a study of this sort of unused paddy fields in the district so that further steps can be taken on their productive utilisation.

The Minister also said that the Point out govt will urge the Centre to deliver functions associated to paddy cultivation less than the MGNREGA programme.

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