K'taka to implement RKVY to boost agriculture

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Bangalore, Jan 1 (UNI) The agriculture department of Karnataka has taken up Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana to reorient the agriculture development strategies to meet the demands of farmers.

Talking to newspersons here today, Principal Secretary Ramaswamy said under the Yojana programme the department would prepare Comprehensive District Agriculture plans for all the 29 districts along with the state agriculture plan.

The Union Government had released Rs 169 crore for the programme, he said adding that various projects have been approved by the State-Level Committee for implementation under the programme.

Stating that the department was also implementing a National Food Security Mission in seven districts for production of rice and pulses in seven districts, he said plans were afoot to double the present four per cent agriculture production in the next ten years.

He said the department was also planning to introduce organic farming in 100 hectares at panchayat level besides setting up two research centres for promoting traditional farming practices.

It was also planning to set up a Corpus fund to provide agriculture inputs in time to the farmers, he added.


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