The way the Central and the State Governments supply power to industries, water must be supplied for agriculture said Governor Vajubhai Vala. He was speaking after inaugurating the Krishi Mela at GKVK Campus on Thursday, reported Kannada Prabha.

In the predominantly agriculture based country like India only when farmers are empowered can the country be economically strong. Even a drop of water is precious. Hence the Central and the State Governments must take the responsibility of providing water for agriculture on the lines of providing power for industries, he said.

Speaking about the water dispute he said there is dispute about distribution of Cauvery and Mahadayi river water with the neighbouring states. Water is essential for all states. Also to demand water is people’s right. Hence there is a need to resolve the water dispute at the earliest, he said. Quoting the example of Israel, the Governor said there is acute shortage of water in Israel.  

But the farmers utilise the available water effectively and improved the agriculture. Just by adopting drip irrigation they have excelled in farm produce. In our country also farmers must make best use of the available water and modern technology to produce more, he said.

The research that is being conducted in the universities must reach the farmers. In Gujarat agriculture scientists visit farms and test soil and advice the farmers. The Governor presented the C Byregowda State Level Best farmer award to Chikkaballapura farmer C R Radhakrishna and Dr M H Marigowda State Best Horticulture Award to Satteppa Byrugola of Belagavi.