Mangaluru: As the Dakshina Kannada district has been witnessing a drought-like situation from the past five years, a total of 80 farmers from Dakshina Kannada district will attend and share their problems at the state level farmers conference scheduled at Gandhi Bhavan in Belagavi on July 21.
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene State Secretary Ravikirana Punacha told reporters here on Wednesday, July 10 that as the district was facing drought, over 2000 to 2,600 hectares of arecanut plantations had been destroyed. “The production of arecanut has dipped by 30 to 35 percent in the district. The high temperature in the district has negatively impacted the production of agricultural crops. The groundwater level also has depleted to around 600 to 700 ft. The leaders who attend the conference would shed light on the problems of the farmers in Dakshina Kannada district and try to get a solution from the government”, he said.
Ravikiran also informed that the conference would be organised as a part of the 39th ‘Farmer Martyrs Day.' During the conference, discussions will be held with regard to the failures of both state and central government in addressing the problems of farmers. The conference will also insist that the government rejuvenate the water sources of the entire state to create a drought-free Karnataka, he added.
KRRS district unit Vice President Alwyn Menezes, Bantwal unit President B Premanath Shetty, General Secretary Oswald Prakash Fernandes and Sullia unit President Lolajaksha Gowda Bhoothakallu were present.
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