Food security in danger due to farmers switching over to commercial crops: DC

Food security in danger due to farmers switching over to commercial crops: DC

Submitted by Rashmi on Tue, 2016-07-12 18:15 Mysuru: Farmers should be trained in drought and flood management so that they are prepared for any eventuality, said Deputy Commissioner C Shikha on Monday.Speaking after inaugurating a workshop organised by SJCE department of environmental engineering, Shikha pointed out that the district administration had been spending Rs50 crore every year as part of drought relief, as the district had been hit by drought for three consecutive years. “Even monsoon was delayed this year. Once people understood how to manage drought and floods, it would be helpful in avoiding losses,” she said.The DC said it was a matter grave concern as about 10,000 acres under food crops was now being used to cultivate commercial crops in Mysuru district alone. This would impact food security, Shikha said, adding that 2,000 acres of agriculture land was lost to urbanisation. “Although there is no objection for urbanisation, people giving up their farm land for commercial purpose may be endangering their future if they fail to protect their agriculture land,” she said.