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Karnataka to Spend $13 MN on Integrated Farming

12 June 2014

INDIA - In order to increase agriculture produce in the state, Karnataka government has allocated $13 million that will be spend on implementing integrated farming system (IFS) in 125,000 hectares.

The statewide action plan for use of IFS model has been drawn jointly by all the farm universities in Karnataka.

The state government has also set aside $22 million to promote bio-fuels in the state, based on the model of the Rural Bio-Resource Complex.

University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (UAS-B) has been associated with the state government following its success on the farm lands in the state.

Under the IFS, UAS-B has been ensured to effectively focus on functional linkages, marketing support and the establishment of commodity-based associations and bio-fuel extraction unit, which would be handed over to the Rural Biofuel Growers’ Association in Hadonahalli, Karnataka.

The project implemented in Dodabbalapur evolved in six factors, which includes promotion specific technologies, effective information support system, provide critical inputs which could be easily accessed.

UAS-B has been mandated to establish demonstration units at the Krishi Vignan Kendra in Hadonahalli, Karnataka at different interventions. It would need to set up agro-processing units in both Hadonahalli and Melkote.

Ragi, sunflower are some crops that will be cultivated along with backyard poultry tissue culture bananas, nutrition gardens under IFS.

To market the produces, farmers will be linked to the Horticultural Producers’ Co-operative Marketing and Processing Society Ltd (HOPCOMS), Safal and Reliance Fresh to get better prices.

 

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