E-portal yet to bear fruits for remote farmers

Lack of awareness about the online software Farmer Registration and Unified beneficiary Information System (FRUITS) makes it difficult for farmers to benefit from government schemes. Farmers in Devagere are unable to benefit from Karnataka government’s FRUITS online portal and mobile app as they are unaware of its existence. Basavaraj, a sericulture farmer from Devagere did […]

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More farmers adopt solar appliances

Expert believes there is scope for widespread solar implementation if government and private entities can raise awareness at the grassroot level. Solar appliance manufacturers in the farming sectors are enjoying an increase in sales in recent years. Awareness for renewable and sustainable energy sources has been credited as a major driver behind this increase, manufacturers […]

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Groundnuts exhausted, Kadalekai Parishe forced to close

The festival saw a footfall of more than eight lakh people leading to a shortage of groundnuts. On the third day of Kadalekai Parishe, the authorities closed the fair after most farmers exhausted their groundnut stocks. Kadalekai Parishe which began on Sunday witnessed a footfall of more than eight lakh people. The organisers had expected […]

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Farmers await PM Jan Dhan Yojana subsidies for eight years

Though farmers applied for subsidies under the eight-year old scheme, they have not received it. Karnataka farmers who opened their accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana are not getting subsidies as promised under the scheme. Rajanna, a farmer from Doddabelavangla Hobli, Doddaballapura, Bangalore Rural said, “I opened my account under PM Jan Dhan Yojana […]

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Government Veterinary Hospitals not open 24×7

Shortage of doctors, funds, and other logistical issues, restrict veterinary hospitals from working round the clock. Veterinary hospitals in Bengaluru are not open 24×7, and close by 5:30 pm and sometimes even 4 pm. Most hospitals do not have any contact numbers mentioned on Google search and a few that do, do not pick up […]

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Bengaluru rural floods ruin Bangalore Blue

The grapes are the main crop of Cheemachanahalli, experienced heavy rainfall.   The farmers of Cheemachanahalli, a village in Devanahalli taluka of Karnataka, lost more than 1500 kilograms of their Bangalore Blue grapes due to the heavy rainfall in Bengaluru. “I lost around Rs. five lakhs due to the rains,” said Krishnappa, a grape farmer […]

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Sandalwood cultivators wait for access to open markets

Sandalwood farmers want to sell their crop as agricultural produce and do not want to deal with the forest department. Private sandalwood cultivators in Karnataka demand permission to sell the wood in open markets  to realize better profits. Farmer Shivappa Matturu has more than 1300 Sandalwood trees at his farm in Haveri district. “Selling it […]

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