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Extension Policy for Cotton in Karnataka

Extension Policy

Raitha Samparka Kendra- Farm Clinics

To provide extension service to farmers and encourage them for adopt modern technologies, 745 RSKs are established, one in each hobli of the State. Providing updated crop production related know-how, critical agricultural inputs, primary seed and soil testing facilities and arranging interface with public and private sector technologies are the responsibilities of these centers. The farmers can visit them and avail required farm information, inputs and other supporting services and benefits. Arrangement has also been made to seek information over phone. The technical staff of RSKs visits all the villages of the hobli as per the fixed visit schedule and arrange farmers meet and provide necessary suggestions. Field visits are also arranged to facilitate adoption of new technologies. During 2008-09, an allocation of Rs.186.17 lakh is provided upto the end of November 2008 an expenditure of Rs.43.21 lakh is incurred.

 Subsidized Seeds Distribution to Small and Marginal farmers

During Kharif 2008, it was programmed to distribute 14 crop seeds at 75 percent subsidized rates to Small and Marginal Farmers and cotton was one among them.

Assistance for farm mechanisation

The maximum permissible assistance for farm mechanization to various equipments/machinery was at the rate of 25 to 50 percent of the cost.

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