Krishna Byre Gowda, a second generation politician, was first elected to the Assembly in 2003 and was one of the youngest members at 30. He was elected from Vemagal, which fell vacant after the death of his father Byre Gowda, who was a five time MLA from constituency.
He joined the Congress in 2004 and won the constituency again. In 2007 he was elected the President of the Karnataka Youth Congress Committee. In 2008, he moved constituencies and contested from Bytarayanpura in Bangalore. He contested the Parliamentary elections from Bangalore South in 2009 at the behest of Rahul Gandhi, but lost to the sitting MP Anantha Kumar.
He comes from a family of agriculturists and has held independent charge of Ministry of Agriculture. He currently serves as the Agriculture Minister in the Siddaramaiah’s Cabinet (his father was the Agriculture Minister in the JH Patel Cabinet). He has steadily pushed for millet farming since its decline after the green revolution and rebranding it as a superfood. The International Millet and Organic Trade Fair 2018 is his brain child.
His ministry has often been in the news for the spate of farmer suicides. On November 26, 2015, Krishna Byregowda, the Agriculture Minister, spoke at length on the steps taken by the government to assist farmers financially to stop farmer suicides.
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Krishna Byre Gowda in the news
November 25, 2015: Krishna Byre Gowda tried to pacify the opposition leaders who were up against the government, during the debate on Tipu Sultan Jayanthi celebration controversy and communal harmony in the state.
March 27, 2017: He spoke about the organic fair (savayava santhe) and requested the assembly members to visit the santhe and pledge to segregate waste.
Jan 6, 2013: Residents of Sahakarnagar opposed BBMP’s project to build an underpass on the railway crossing connecting Canara Bank Layout and A Block of the locality. Two hundred residents approached the deputy mayor and MLA Krishna Byre Gowda.
July 5, 2013:The unsustainability of subsidies reflected in the state’s GSDP, bringing down the agricultural sectors contribution down to 15.3% from 16.1% in a year. Agriculture minister Krishna Byre Gowda also agreed that subsidies are necessary, but won’t solve the problem in the long term.
July 15, 2013: Krishna Byre Gowda harboured no political ambitions when he was working as an associate on a rural project back in Washington. Much later in 2003, Krishna Byre Gowda was pressurized into filling his father shoes within a month of his father’s demise. .
March 8, 2014: When Rahul Gandhi was choosing primaries for the Lok Sabha election in 2014, MLA Krishna Byre Gowda was the top choice from Bangalore North.However, the state minister refused the opportunity for unknown.reasons.
December 1, 2014: Krishna Byre Gowda was at the receiving end of rude jokes for tweeting about his packed weekend schedule, which included four wedding receptions in one evening.
February 23, 2015: State Minister for Agriculture, Krishna Byre Gowda ,criticized the centre for giving importance to middleman, traders and consumers, while taking the farmers for granted, especially in subsidies for fertilizer distribution.
July 15, 2015: A committee was constituted to study the poor agricultural conditions in Karnataka, leading to thousands of farmers committing suicides.
Krishna Byre Gowda wrote to the mayor urging him to name the road from Nanjappa Circle to Dodda Bommasandra after freedom fighter Pete Sidhapa, who donated land for the road’s construction.
July 11, 2016: He emphasised on the need for introducing mechanized farming for boosting paddy cultivation at an event organised in Udupi district. It will bring down the cost of labour and increase profit, he added.
November 18, 2016: The agriculture minister promoted millets as a healthy dietary ingredient in the drought hit state of Karnataka to help farmers sustain their livelihood. He spoke about creating this demand to withstand climate change at a media workshop organised by the department
April 30, 2017: Three days of the trade fair successfully connecting farmers with buyers and generating 45 crores worth of business opportunities, Krishna Byre Gowda said he aims to set up an advisory council with the centre.
September 21, 2017: Congress demands the inclusion of petrol and diesel in the GST tax slab to help the common man. The demand will be made through Krishna Byre Gowda, who represents the party on the GST council.
October 24, 2017: A proposal has been sent to the Food and Agriculture Organisation ( FA0) to announce an international year of millets to promote its benefits by the Govt of Karnataka.
November 16, 2017: As a representative of the state on the GST council, Gowda is batting for more items to come under the below 18% slab, benefiting the poor not just the middle class.
November 6, 2017: Strongly criticizing the opposition to Tipu Jayanthi, Gowda said that morality is skewed in the BJP and several videos show top leaders celebrating the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan.
December 21, 2017: The state’s agriculture minister in his written reply to the JD(S) MLA Gopalaiah, pointed out that only 2414 out of 19483 farmer deaths were recorded by the National Crime Records Bureau.
Jan 17, 2018: Karnataka’s agriculture minister is trying to provide a conducive environment for startups to increase the productivity of farmers. The government is contemplating starting a centre for excellence at National Centre for Biological Sciences to help create technology to disseminate data to farmers.
February 9, 2018: When Jagadish Shettar, leader of the opposition in assembly, questioned the Congress on the Rupees 50 crore scam in KSBADA, Gowda defended the charges of corruption and asked Modi to come clean on the price of Rafale jets.
February 21, 2018: During assembly session, Gowda said the University of Agricultural Sciences had flouted the rules of admission by allowing more than 47 vacant posts to be filled.
Mar 9, 2018: ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಿಪಿಎಸ್ ಆಧಾರಿತ ಸರ್ವೆಯಿಂದ ಬೆಳೆನಷ್ಟ ಮೌಲ್ಯ ಮಾಪನಕ್ಕೆ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ನೆರವಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದು, ಸಾಂಪ್ರದಾಯಿಕ ಪದ್ಧತಿಯ ಸರ್ವೆಗೂ ಈ ಸರ್ವೆಗೂ ಅಜಗಜಾಂತರ ವ್ಯತ್ಯಾಸ ಕಂಡುಬಂದಿದೆ. ಶೇಕಡ 30ರಿಂದ 300ರವರೆಗೂ ವ್ಯತ್ಯಾಸ ಗುರುತಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಕೃಷಿ ಸಚಿವ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಬೈರೇಗೌಡ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
July 14, 2016: ಕೃಷಿ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಪ್ರಸಕ್ತ ವರ್ಷ 10,300 ರೈತರಿಗೆ ತರಬೇತಿ ನೀಡಲು ಉದ್ದೇಶಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಕೃಷಿ ಸಚಿವ ಕೃಷ್ಣಬೈರೇಗೌಡ ಅವರು ಸದನದಲ್ಲಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ವಿಧಾನ ಪರಿಷತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸದಸ್ಯ ಬಸನಗೌಡ ಆರ್. ಪಾಟೀಲ್ ಅವರ ಚುಕ್ಕೆ ಗುರುತಿಲ್ಲದ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗೆ ಕೃಷಿ ಸಚಿವ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಬೈರೇಗೌಡ ಉತ್ತರಿಸಿದರು.
June 7 2017: ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಸುಮಾರು ರೈತರು ಸರ್ಕಾರ ನೀಡುವ ಸಬ್ಸಿಡಿ ಹಣವನ್ನು ದುರುಪಯೋಗ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದು, ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತನಿಖೆ ನಡೆಸಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ಕೃಷಿ ಸಚಿವ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಬೈರೇಗೌಡ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ವಿಧಾನ ಪರಿಷತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೋತ್ತರ ಅವಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ನ ಎಚ್.ಎಂ.ರೇವಣ್ಣ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗೆ ಉತ್ತರಿಸಿದ ಅವರು ಸುಮಾರು 200 ರೈತರು ಹಣ ದುರುಪಯೋಗ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದರು.
June 29, 2017: ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಉಂಟಾಗಿರುವ ಮಳೆ ಕೊರತೆ ನೀಗಿಸಲು ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಮೋಡ ಬಿತ್ತನೆ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳುಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ಕೃಷಿ ಸಚಿವ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಬೈರೇಗೌಡ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೊಸದುರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಸುದ್ದಿಗಾರರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಅವರು, ” ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಮೋಡ ಬಿತ್ತನೆ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲು ಅಗತ್ಯ ಸಿದ್ದತೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಕೈಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದು, ಜೂನ್ ಅಂತ್ಯದೊಳಗೆ ಮೋಡ ಬಿತ್ತನೆಗೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದ ಟೆಂಡರ್ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಳ್ಳಲಿದೆ” ಎಂದರು.
February 22, 2017: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮಹಾ ನಗರ ಪಾಲಿಕೆ(ಬಿಬಿಎಂಪಿ) ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಗ್ರಹವಾಗುವ ಹಸಿ ಕಸದಿಂದ ತಯಾರಿಸಲಾಗುವ ಗೊಬ್ಬರವನ್ನು ಸದುಪಯೋಗ ಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಕೃಷಿ ಸಚಿವ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಬೈರೇಗೌಡ ಅವರು ಯೋಜನೆ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ವನ್ನು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮಾಂತರ, ರಾಮನಗರ, ಕೋಲಾರ, ಚಿಕ್ಕಬಳ್ಳಾಪುರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳ ರೈತರಿಗೆ ಶೇ.50ರ ರಿಯಾಯಿತಿ ದರದಲ್ಲಿ ಒದಗಿಸುವ ಯೋಜನೆ ರೂಪಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ, ಆಸಕ್ತ ರೈತರು ಮುಂಗಡ ಪಾವತಿಸಿ ರೈತ ಸಂಪರ್ಕ ಕೇಂದ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ನೋಂದಾಯಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದು ಎಂದು ಕೃಷಿ ಸಚಿವ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಬೈರೇಗೌಡ ಹೇಳಿದರು.
February 22, 2017: Minister Krishna Byre Gowda Against Naming Vidyaranyapura Road After Martyr Col. Niranjan