Kerala State-level inauguration of the Rs.105-crore modernisation programme for lift irrigation schemes was done by Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac at Aluva in Kochi District. The project has been devised to revamp the 418 lift irrigation schemes across the State.
Raichur district agriculture office, which expects a timely monsoon this year, has set a crop-sowing target of 2,99,800 hectares for this kharif season. According to official sources, of the targeted area, 1,42,350 hectares will be covered by irrigation and 1,57,450 hectares will have to be rain-fed. Cereals will be covered in 1,34,700 hectares, pulses in 21,125 hectares, oilseeds in 1,21,450 hectares, and cotton in 22,400 hectares. (9 May 2012; The Hindu)
Almost 300 tonnes of seed potato is being sold every day at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yard in Hassan. With the district receiving rain almost every day, farmers are preparing to sow. On Friday, seed potato was being sold at Rs. 750 to Rs. 800 a quintal. Seed potato is stored in the seven cold storages around Hassan.
Bangalore Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL), a non-governmental organisation, has criticised the Right to Education Act for not covering children from the age of 0 to 6 and 14 to 18 and expressed their disappointment with the Government for not implementing a common schooling system.