Prevent harassment over delay in loan repayment
Bengaluru, Nov.5: The State government will bring a law to check the confiscation or auctioning of farmers’ property over delay or non-payment of loan borrowed for agricultural purposes, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
Speaking at the valedictory of Krishi Mela and distribution of awards to farmers at GKVK campus here on Saturday, he said in case of non-payment of agricultural loan, farmers must be given time for repayment and not confiscate or auction their property. Already, instructions are given in this regard to the Department of Co-Operation and other departments. As a result the departments are responding to plights of farmers.
Economic development is fully dependent on the agricultural sector. The agricultural universities must take up research regarding agro-economics and give suggestions to the government. These varsities must work in tandem with the government and inform regarding new research and methodology. For this purpose the secondary Directorate of Agriculture has been set up. The directorate must work and guide the government. Both Bengaluru and Dharwad Universities of Agriculture were functioning for the last 58 years and helping farmers.
One thousand acres of land has been reserved each in Dharwad and Bengaluru UASs’ for natural farming. The varsities have been asked to increase agriculture output with less capital investment and to grow crops without using the chemical fertiliser. The Yashaswini scheme has been relaunched since November 1. An international conference on ‘Siridhanya’ will be held in January next year.
Bommai said the state government will launch more farmer-friendly programs which included giving loans to 10 lakh additional farmers from the current academic year. Farmers must also think scientifically, try new varieties to increase productivity and to take up comprehensive agriculture. The government is committed to the welfare of farmers and their children.
Agriculture Minister B.C.Patil, MLA Krishna Byregowda, former CM, D.V.Sadananda Gowda, S.V.Suresh and Hanumanthappa were present.