Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that Krishi Bhagya is the best among the several ‘bhagya schemes’ launched by the government.
“The scheme is aimed at helping farmers take up sustainable dry land farming which will lead to their economic development,” he said at a gathering of beneficiaries of Krishi Bhagya, titled ‘Swavalambi, Swabhimani Samavesha’, drawn from 12 districts of north Karnataka, here on Monday.
Mr. Siddaramaiah said that the stress was on irrigation as the plight of farmers cultivating on dry land was being ignored. He claimed that the Krishi Bhagya scheme had been a success.
“Under the scheme, the government is extending financial assistance to farmers to set up ‘krishi hondas’ to harvest rainwater and protect crops in the event of failure of follow-up rain. Farm equipment are being given to farmers to overcome the shortage of labourers; and advanced/improved farm techniques, including poly houses, shade nets, and sprinklers are being provided to get higher yield making use of limited water resources. A large number of farmers are coming forward to get the benefit of the scheme,” he said.
Agriculture Minister Krishna Byregowda said that the convention was organised to motivate other farmers to utilise the benefits of the scheme to become economically sustainable. “Krishi Bhagya is a package of schemes, which will encourage rainwater harvesting; use of improved farm techniques; and use of advanced farm machineries, among others. We hope that more farmers will come forward to utilise the benefits of the scheme,” he said.
Mr. Krishna Byre Gowda hailed Mr. Siddaramaiah for his commitment to the welfare of farmers and also for extending full budgetary support for agriculture.
Basavaraj Rayaraddi, H.K. Patil, M.B. Patil, Mahadev Prasad, and Vinay Kulkarni, Ministers; Raghavendra Hitnal, MLA; and other legislators from Koppal and Ballari district were present.