Plough or lease land, Karnataka tells farmers

By Times Of India on 11 Aug 2017 | read
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BENGALURU: If you own a piece of agriculture land and haven't bothered to take up cultivation for the past two years or so, either get a plough in or just lease it out to farming contractors.

The Karnataka government has begun identifying fallow lands and issuing notices to farmers and land owners asking them to either take up cultivation or give such lands on contract, in tune with a provision in the Karnataka Land Revenue Act. Karnataka has so far managed to identify about 2 lakh acres of fallow land and taken steps to issue notice to land owners.

A directive from a revenue secretary to officials, which was accessed by TOI , said village accountants should identify fallow lands in their respective jurisdictions and inform the revenue officer, who will issue notice to the farmer/land owner concerned to take up farming or lease the land within a year from the date of notice. But the government has not specified what action will be initiated if farmers/land owners fail to act on their notice. It may take a cue from the previous Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh government which had imposed a penalty on defaulters.

"A considerable extent of agricultural land in the state has gone fallow in the past few years because of drought and other reasons," agriculture minister Krishna Byre Gowda said.
 

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