Karnataka Krishi Bhagya Yojana Extended to Coastal, Malnad Districts
Krishi Bhagya Yojana
The Karnataka State Government had launched a flagship program named Krishi Bhagya Yojana two years ago. This scheme has now been extended to the coastal and Malnad districts.
What is Krishi Bhagya Yojana?
Under Krishi Bhagya Yojana, the state government provides funds to the farmers for constructing farm ponds to harvest and store rainwater and for buying pump sets to lift water from them during dry spells.
Coincidently, the extension of the scheme comes after the State government declared two taluks in Dakshina Kannada, seven in Uttara Kannada and all three taluks in Udupi district drought-affected early this year.
It was based on deficient southeast rainfall during 2016. In Dakshina Kannada, Bantwal and Mangaluru taluks have been listed as drought-affected.
Initially, the Krishi Bhagya Yojana had been restricted to dry-land regions where the average rainfall in the five agro-climatic zones of the State varied from 450 mm to 850 mm per year. It has now been extended to the Malnad districts of Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru and Kodagu.
Under the scheme, the government supports building farm ponds with polyethene lining, to prevent percolation, and without polyethylene lining, install pump and sprinkler irrigation system for efficient water utilization.
This intervention helps farmers harvest surplus rainwater, stored effectively to irrigate crops during dry days. It is aimed at providing sustainability to rain-fed farming.
In addition, under the scheme, farmers are provided improved farm techniques by way of using advanced farm machinery and equipment to get more yield, the officials said.
Now the Department of Agriculture in Dakshina Kannada has asked farmers having 1-acre land and more to approach the department or ‘raita samparka kendras’ to avail the benefits of the scheme.
According to officials, if farmers would have availed subsidy for pump sets and drip irrigation system within the last three years they would not get the fund for them now. But they can get the fund for farm ponds.