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BAGALKOT; 02 Jan: Chief Minister, B. S. Yediyurappa has opined that the Horticulture University should involve in more research oriented programmes to help the farmers getting higher outputs.

Speaking after inaugurating the three day Horticulture Fair online from Bengaluru organised by University of Horticulture Science-Bagalkot on Saturday, he said that Karnataka stands second in the country in horticulture production.

“ It is a matter of great pride for Karnataka that we stand second in the country in highest production of horticulture products”, he said and added that the Horticulture sector has given the revenue of Rs. 44879 crore to the State.

The CM said that the scientists should work not only to retain this position but also involve in several research activities to help the farming sector.

Asserting that the government is ready to provide all basic facilities for research, he said that the demands for researchers will be met in order to boost the farming sector.

Yediyurappa said in order to realize the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double farmers’ income in coming days, he said that the State government will also prepare parallel plans for the purpose.

Informing that the PM recently flagged off 100th Kisan  Train in the country, he said that in three months, some 27,000 tonnes of agricultural commodities have been transported through Kisan Rail.

He said that the perishable goods are taking benefits from these trains as they would be transported to other states faster before they perish.

Deputy Chief Minister, Govind Karjol who was also present, said that it was Yediyurappa who inaugurated the university in 2008, which has helped farmers greatly in the North Karnataka region.

Claiming that the government committed for protecting the interest of the farmers, Karjol said that with the horticulture area getting expanded, it is helping the farmers.

Speaking on the occasion, Horticulture Minister, K. C. Narayanagouda said that export of horticultural commodities has increased in Karnataka from 2.5 %to 5% which would be increased more in coming days.

MLC, S. R. Patil. MLA, Veeranna Charantimath, ZP President, Bayakka Meti, VC, K. M. Indiresh and other dignitaries were present. 

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