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Agriculture department plans millet cultivation in 1,000 acres

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Vinay Doddakoppal

Mysuru: To provide a healthy and nutritious food, agriculture department has drawn a plan to encourage cultivation of ‘Siri Dhanya’ grains ( Millets) in the district on a large scale.

Under ‘Raita Siri’ programme of the department, it has been decided to put 1,000 acres of land from seven taluks in the district, under millet cultivation, by encouraging the farmers with incentives.

The main aim is to encourage cultivation of six prominent millet grains like- Saame (Little), navane (foxtail), oodalu (barnyard), Araka (Kodo), korale (brown top) and baragu (Proso), which are rich in dietary fibre.

According to the plan, 193 acres will be put into millet cultivation at T Narsipur taluk, H D Kote- 168, Periyapatna- 165, Hunsur- 142, K R Nagar- 127 acres and 102 acres each at Mysuru and Nanjangud taluks.

The farmers will be provided with incentives of Rs 4,000 per acre and maximun of five acres can be cultivated with millets.

The incentives will be directly debited to the bank account of farmers in two instalments.

Y Prasad, agriculture officer ( Technical), K R Nagar, told Mysoorunews.com “Acting on the directions of Assistant Director of Agriculture S Shashidhar, we have been preparing to implement the programne. The interested farmers can enrol their names along with a copy of their pahani, aadhaar card, bank pass book and passport size photo. The details can be collected from the officers at raitha samparka kendra at hobli level”.

The last date to enrol is August 31.

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