Ktk CM urges Centre to declare package for farmers
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Last Updated: Friday, February 03, 2012, 15:03
Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has urged the Centre to announce a special package for potato farmers and also establish a potato research station in Hassan, the home district of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.

In a representation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, he noted the recent letter of Deve Gowda, Hassan MP, regarding damage caused to commercial crops such as potato, cardamom, ginger, turmeric and tur dal crops in Karnataka particularly in Hassan district.

"He (Deve Gowda) has narrated in detail the extensive damage to the potato crop due to attack of Late Blight Disease continuously for the last four years and the untold miseries faced by the farmers of the District.

"... potato is a major cash crop in Hassan district and this is the only district in the entire country which grows potato predominantly during Kharif season as rain fed crop. ..

the entire financial stability of the farmers depend entirely on this crop," the Chief Minister said in letters to Singh and Pawar.

Though the state Government has provided relief under Calamity Relief Fund to the affected farmers, it is not enough to mitigate the suffering of the farmers growing potato, the Chief Minister said.

"Hence, it is only appropriate that Government of India announces a special package to farmers either in the form of loan waiver or provide interest free loan and also enhance the scale of compensation under Calamity Relief Fund so as to at least cover the cost of cultivation?, he said.


First Published: Friday, February 03, 2012, 15:03

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