“SANKALP SE SIDDHI” Programme conducted on 30.08.2017
· The Honorable Member of Parliament, Kolar Shri. K.H. Muniyappa, has emphasized on the judicious use of irrigation water, fertilizers and agricultural chemicals. He also stressed the importance of the organic inputs from the livestock and their use in agriculture. The Hon’ble MP while highlighting the 7 point agenda of the Union Government to achieve the target of doubling the farmers income called on the farming community to make best use of the available resources and various schemes available for the farmers in the developmental departments for doubling the farmers income through integrated farming system. He also recalled the sacrifice made by “father of nation” Mahatma Gandhi to achieve the freedom from the British rule and also recalled the role of “Quit India Movement” in achieving freedom. The Hon’ble MP also opined that, excess flood water of various rivers which, wastefully goes to the ocean can be utilized for the irrigation and drinking purpose by the way of inter linking of rivers like, Ganga, Kaveri. He also stressed on the steps being taken by the State Government with his active role in bringing the K.C. valley to the Kolar district which reels under continuous water scarcity. He also called upon the farmers to give up the practice of growing cash crops i.e. tomato, instead grow for multi cropping system in order to avoid lower market price.
· Dr. S. Bhaskar, Assistant Director General, ICAR-New Delhi highlighted the importance of 7 point agenda of the Government of India and given oath to all the delegates and other participants in the Sankalp Se Siddhi Programme. He also highlighted the importance of judicious use of the fertilizers and plant protection chemicals in agriculture in general and diary in particular. He also stressed the effect of improper agricultural practices that are causing the milk contamination in North-India. He called upon the farmers that though Karnataka is relatively better in clean milk production, the standards need to be raised further.
· The oath taking was followed by screening of short film highlighting the various activities and steps taken by the Union government to double the farmers income by 2022 which has instilled a level of confidence in famers.
· Shri. R. Chowdareddy, Honorable Member of Legislative Council and Member, Board of Management, UHS, Bagalkot stressed the contribution of scientists from the University in terms of research and its use at farmer’s level. He appealed to the farmer’s community to utilize the technologies and the knowledge expert available at universities to their benefit.
· Dr. J. Venkatesha, Farmer Director of Education and Research, UHS, Bagalkot highlighted that India being the 3rd place in the production of quality seeds and stressed Importance of quality seeds in enhancing the farmer income, which can be increased up to 20 to 30%. Scientific agriculture can lead to enhanced farmers income. Judicious use of irrigation water, fertilizers and agriculture chemicals is the need of the hour. Proper utilization of various schemes in the line departments in an integrated approach is very much important in enhancing the income of the farmers. Integrated farming system consisting of livestock is one of the important ways where the farmer can double the income by reducing the cost and enhance the soil fertility and in turn fetches higher yield.
· Dr.V.NacheGowda, director of Research and Incharge director of Extension, UHS, Bagalkot has informed the farmers the motive behind organizing Sankalp Se Sidhi program and informed that this programme is being conducted throughout the country between 19-30th August to buildup confidence among farming fraternity that the Governments stand by them throughout their efforts including periods of distress. He also emphasized on various measures taken up by the government to better the conditions of farmers. He also called up the farmers to make better use of College and KVK for their farm related problems.
· The other guests participated in the programme included Joint Director of Agriculture, Deputy director of Sericulture, Deputy director of Horticulture, District Forest Officer, Lead Bank Manager
The programme was followed by the planting of coconut sapling by all the dignitaries who graced this event.