Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-10 19:23 Mysuru: Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recently said he had directed officials at the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) in Mysuru to educate local farmers on various aspects of preserving their produce so that they can benefit economically. On a visit to the facility in the city, Parikkar said the DFRL technology was not meant only for the defence sector but could be applied and used for the benefit of the public. “With available technology, vegetables can be preserved for three to four weeks and DFRL already has the technology. With this, economic status of farmers will increase,” Parrikar said. After visiting DFRL, Parikkar attended the valedictory function of Kodava hockey festival in Madikeri. Parrikar said that he had suggested DFRL officials to take up works at any of the two villages in Mysuru district. He said Member of Parliament Pratap Simha would initiate the exercise. The defence minister also said he had insisted authorities take up Swachh Bharat campaign in villages to ensure health of the villagers. Speaking about the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Parikkar said the programme had been successful in the defence sector. “In the last two years, the Centre released Rs78,000 crore to manufacture defence equipment. Now, the country is producing nearly 70 percent of the equipment under the programme,” he said. Mahadayi dispute Speaking on the Mahadayi river dispute, which had created a political row between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, Parikar said the issue was now before the tribunal. “Being a Union minister I don’t interfere in this issue now. However, Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah has to take initiative to handle smoothly as the issue is more sensitive in Karnataka and Goa. If both CMs from respective governments send their delegates to discuss the issue, it will be resolved at earliest,” said Parikkar.