Budget a dampener for farming community: Kuruburu Shantakumar

The farmers’ leader noted that though Rs 300 cr more has been allocated to agriculture it failed to address the crises in agriculture

Though more thrust has been given for agriculture sector in the budget, the farmers have expressed displeasure over the budget presented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday.

Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’ Association President Kuruburu Shantakumar said that the state government had completely sidelined the agriculture sector. With farmers reeling under drought, no schemes have been announced to provide relief to the farmers and prevent suicide among farmers, thus, leaving the farming community highly disappointed.

The government which has agreed to the fact that there has been a decline in agriculture production, has failed to announce development-oriented schemes and protect the interest of the farmers and the agriculture sector.

Compare to the last year there has been an increase in the allocation to agriculture sector by Rs 300 which however is not sufficient. There are chances that farmers problems would only increase manifold, he added.

Establishment of Farmers Welfare Committee, construction of agriculture villages under Special Agriculture Zone, Rs 2,000 pension t the family of farmers who committed suicide would have been better decisions to address the agrarian crisis.

The Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed the state budget lauding the government for extending special concerns towards agriculture sector by reserving about 40 percent expenditure for agriculture, irrigation, rural development and agro-based policies.

And about 30 percent of budgetary allocation towards primary and higher education, health, social justice initiatives and also about 30 percent towards miscellaneous policies including industry and trade has thus focused on the overall development.

Besides, film city, women entrepreneurs park, industrial town, exemption from trade license, first prominence for basic facilities, APMC networking initiatives are some of the people-friendly programmes, stated the press release by Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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