Special Agricultural Zone (SAZ)

The Agriculture department is working out the modalities to set up Special Agricultural Zones (SAZ) in different parts of the state to provide greater technological and logistic support to farmers for increasing farm productivity.

  • The objective of the programme was to encourage farmers use the latest technology for increasing agricultural productivity by providing better facilities in the specially carved out zones.Karnataka Special agricultural zone
  • The department is working on an action plan to fix the parameters to chalk out SAZs in various parts of the state and it is expected to be ready by end of the month.
  • These zones are different from Special Economic Zones (SEZ) formed for industries where trade and tax laws differ from the rest of the country to attract investment.
  • The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) at Bengaluru, Dharwad, Raichur and Shivamogga will be roped in while identifying the SAZs.
  • The department is also contemplating to provide efficient power, water supply, storage and transportation facilities for agricultural activities once the SAZs are carved out.
  • The aim is also to increase the income of farmers by improving agricultural productivity.
  • To start with, pulse-growing regions in the state will be given priority while carving out SAZs.
  • Karnataka stands sixth in the production of pulses in the country with Belagavi, Raichur, Vijayapura, Bidar, Dharwad and Chitradurga being the major pulse growing districts in the state.
  • The state has already decided to further increase pulses production on a “mission-mode” as the year 2016 is being observed as ‘International Year of Pulses’
  • The department is planning to carve out the first batch of SAZs by mid-June when sowing starts and at the same time is keeping its fingers crossed hoping for good monsoons this year.
  • Uttarakhand, in 2011, became one of the first states in the country to set up SAZs. However, the concept is a little different there. Farmers are encouraged if they come forward for cultivating species to develop high quality seeds of crops typical to hill regions like Uttarakhand.
Related Posts
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 25th – 26th Oct 2017
Kittur Fort to become tourist spot Kittur Utsav that celebrates Queen Kittur Channamma’s victory over the East India company’s troupes in 1824, was organised in Channammana Kittur on Monday. The three-day ...
READ MORE
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 5th Sep 2017
Rise in butterfly species Despite the chaos marking the ‘development’ of the city, and erratic rainfall, the number of butterfly species being observed has steadily gone up. In 2013, if 117 species ...
READ MORE
Internet of things
Internet of Things India Congress Why in News: The first edition of ‘IoT India Congress, 2016’ was in Bengaluru. The congress aims to bring together key stakeholders across the value chain and verticals to ...
READ MORE
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS / KPSC Exams 30th April 2017
Karnataka: Drought hits production With major mango producing districts stricken by drought, domestic mango production, and subsequently the export of the fruit, is seeing a huge hit this year. The production of mangoes ...
READ MORE
After Jallikattu & Kambala, next demand for lifting ban on Hori habba
The massive campaign for Kallikattu in Tamil Nadu and a similar campaign building up for kambala in Karnataka seem to have opened a Pandora’s box. Now, there is demand from people ...
READ MORE
Everything you need to know about Bandipur Forest Fire
Fire in Kalkere Range Thousands of acres of forest cover burnt down in forest fire in Bandipur tiger reserve on Saturday and a forest guard succumbed to burn injuries while preventing the flames ...
READ MORE
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS / KPSC Exams – 14th June 2017
BDA to slash prices of its flats for the poor Bangalore Development Authority has now decided to slash the prices of its flats for buyers from economically weaker sections and Dalit ...
READ MORE
Despite the Animal Welfare Board of India’s ‘request’ to the State government to stop Kambala for the year 2015-16 it will be held. Administrations of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi will follow ...
READ MORE
Sports: Saina Nehwal Lifts Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Title
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal notched up her first title after a career-threatening injury by claiming the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Goldwith a hard-fought victory in the summit clash on ...
READ MORE
Urban Development – Urban Environment
The physical expansion and demographic growth of urban areas have exerted an adverse impact on the urban environment. The large scale conversion of agricultural land in the urban periphery for urban uses like industries, housing ...
READ MORE
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 25th
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 5th
Internet of things
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS / KPSC Exams
After Jallikattu & Kambala, next demand for lifting
Everything you need to know about Bandipur Forest
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS / KPSC Exams
Kambala to be held in Dakshina Kannada
Sports: Saina Nehwal Lifts Malaysia Masters Grand Prix
Urban Development – Urban Environment