MANGALORE/UDUPI/MadikerI: Rain in Coastal Karnataka on Monday damaged houses, caused water-logging in residential areas and inundated paddy fields. In anticipation of further rainfall, all schools in Dakshina Kannada will remain closed today in view of heavy rainfall. In Belthangady taluk, schools will remain closed on Wednesday too, according to the Deputy Director of Public Instruction C.

Manjushree G Naik, Udupi, DH News Service:

The National Mission for Medicinal plants in Udupi district is not really happening as expected. The entire scheme is in its initial stage.

The Principal Secretary for Food Processing and Harvest Technology, Agriculture and Horticulture Department, Raghavan Suresh, informed that the Department will develop adequate post-harvest technologies in all districts.

Manjushree G Naik, Udupi, DH News Service :
The organic farming mission is in its initial phase in the district and comprehensive execution of the project among the farming community requires couple of months.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Udupi district Department of Agriculture Joint Director K Sangayya informed that Rs 24.5 lakh has been allocated for each Taluk of the district.

The holy river

Karnataka Rajya Aksharadasoha Naukarara Sangha (CITU) Udupi district Committee organised a State-wide protest against the privatisation of the

Udupi District Farmers Association is organising Farmers Convention-2009 on February 21 at Sharada Kalyan Mantap, informed Association President Ramakrishna Bantakallu.

Speaking to the media here on Wednesday, he said that the convention will comprise workshops on agriculture related information along with exhibition and demonstration of agriculture equipment.

Interview with Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

"The idea of the 'hobli' level' 'Janaspandana' meetings... was to take government programmes and facilities directly to the rural masses."

To mitigate the impact of Indoor Air Pollution (IAP), Shell Foundation is initiating a campaign to create awareness on its hazardous effects, reports L Subramani

A creative partnership between a farmer and a scientist has resulted in the creation of a disease tolerant bee strain that promises to revive bee-keeping in south Karnataka, Goa and Kerala. The bee strain is tolerant to the dreadedviral disease, Thai Sac Brood (TSB). The bees are also much more productive and focused in producing honey. Bee-keeping in south India began flagging in 1992. TSB struck that year. It first hit the Koynadu bees in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. In the span of two years, the virus wiped out entire colonies of bees in many parts of southern India.