Vittal, Jan 11, 2015: Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has said that the Centre was committed to protect the interests of areca and rubber growers.
Speaking after inaugurating a Krishi Mela 2015 at the CPCRI at Vittal on January 10, Saturday, he said the Centre has allocated special grants in the budget for stabilisation of areca prices whenever there is a slump in prices of areca and other cash crops. Such a measure has been taken to ensure that the growers do not resort to extreme steps like suicide, the minister said.
Gowda also informed that the government has stayed the import of arecanut. He further stated that he strongly felt that he got the Law portfolio to protect the interests of arecanut growers.
Puttur MLA Shakuntala Shetty presided over the function, Konkodi Padmanabha, CAMPCO President, Asha Timmappa, ZP Chief, Shailaja Bhat, former ZP Chief, Sripadre, Editor of Adike Patrike, Dr Venkatesh N Hubballi, Director of Kochi Cashew and Cocoa Development Directorate, Dr P Chowdappa, Director of Kasargod CPCRI, Dr KS Ananda, Chief of Vittal CPCRI and others were present.