Mysuru: The agriculture sector, which used to contribute more than 50 per cent to our GDP, is now contributing only between 16 to 18 per cent, said Niramalanandanatha Swamiji of the Adichunchanagiri Mutt.
Speaking after inaugurating the annual six-day Suttur Jathra Mahotsava on Friday, February 1, he appreciated Suttur Seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji’s initiative of organising the Krishi Mela as part of the jathra, where the farmers can get the latest techniques in the agriculture and methods to get more quality yield by investing less money. “Usually, jathra's are more about bhajans and bhakthi but we need to learn how to conduct jathra from Suttur Seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji. Through this jathra, he is not only practising and following the traditions but is also introducing the latest technology to the farmers and giving a platform to youngsters to show their talents,” he said.
“Seventy five per cent of the people still reside in villages and depended on agriculture, but unfortunately, their yield has reduced. Farmers are facing a lot of difficulties as the cost and expenditure has increased by the yield has come down. Hence, this type of Krishi Mela organised by Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji will benefit the farmers and help them get updated. The Suttur Seer is doing more than the Agriculture university,” added Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji.
Earlier, Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji along with the Suttur Seer and other guests went through the exhibition and Krishi Mela.
Cultural programs and an expo including agri have been organised as the main attractions of the six-day jathra. Hundreds of people from across Karnataka and other states have descended upon the Jathra. On Saturday, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will conduct a mass marriage where more than 190 couples are expected to tie the knot.
Former MLA Vasu, Gangamika, Mayor BBMP, Sheela Rajashekar from America, S A Chinnegowda, President, Kannada Chalanachitra Vanijya Mandali were also present.
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