Labour shortage hampers agricultural progress in Karkala’s rural areas

Hariprasad Nandalike

Daijiworld Media Network – Karkala (JD)

Karkala, Jun 18: Agriculturists across Udupi district are facing a significant shortage of agricultural labourers, despite efforts to hire workers from within the state and from other districts. Although substantial wages are offered, agricultural activities remain sluggish due to the insufficient number of labourers. Despite preparations for agricultural tasks across Udupi's total area of 36,509 hectares, including sowing seeds and applying fertilizer, progress is hindered by the scarcity of labour. In some areas, although rice plantation activities have begun, the shortage of labourers is evident.

While labourers can be found in rural areas to perform agricultural tasks, they are reluctant to engage in manual labour such as field ploughing and applying fertilizer. Farmers are compelled to recruit labourers from Bagalkot, Vijayapura, and Orissa to manage agricultural activities urgently. The wages for agricultural labourers have increased significantly in some areas where shortages are pronounced. Daily wages range from 700 to 850 rupees, with meals provided. However, availability is limited, causing delays in agricultural work despite efforts to start the agricultural season early.

Many youths who initially engage in agriculture in coastal and hilly regions are now migrating to Bangalore and Mumbai for better job prospects after completing their education. Elderly farmers, lacking youth support, face difficulties in initiating agricultural activities, leading to the abandonment of agricultural lands in some small rural areas.





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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 18 2024

    Only a miniscule number of local people are available for labour work; lots of migrants from NK and many other impoverished areas have migrated to fill in the vacuum; though thier efficiency and output is good, their wage demands are too high to afford; these migrants take full advantage of the labour problem due to non-availability of local people!! Along with water scarcity labour problems have put the farmers and other labour intensive industries in a big fix!! Local people only want white collar jobs even if the wages are measly, and also very few local people have been trained for skilled jobs; situation will become all the more critical!!🙏🙏

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 19 2024

    Same situation as gulf where arabs started importing labourers from India and Bangladesh. We import labour from Bengal and UP....quality of life has improved in Mangalore. Its a good opportunity for those who are looking forward to buy agricultural land to start mechanized commercial agriculture

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  • Karthiyayani Nambiar, Manipal

    Tue, Jun 18 2024

    Yes shortage pf workers for farming a problem

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  • Santhosh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 18 2024

    It's the effect of bitty bagya.

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  • Kumar, Mangalore . Surathkal

    Tue, Jun 18 2024

    Jossey .. you were talking about unemployment and inflation.. i think you must try for the vacceny

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Tue, Jun 18 2024

    Why Jossey sir needs this vacancy? He has cable/internet business in thane and as well as surathkal. Under him 450 IT professionals are working. He is busy. He has to look after his FIL's business also. So leave him.

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