Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy speaking at an awareness programme at Penuballi mandal headquarters on Monday. Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao, MP P Srinivas Reddy, SC Corporation Chairman Pidamarthi Ravi and ZP Chairperson Gadepally Kavitha are also seen
Khammam: The aim behind constituting the Farmers Coordination Committees is to strengthen the agriculture sector, Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy has said. Speaking at an awareness programme at Penuballi mandal headquarters on Monday, he said the government was committed for the all-round development of the farm sector.
“The farmer committees formed from village-level to State-level will help farmers exchange information about the new developments in farm practices thus invariably making agriculture profitable,” Reddy said.
He said the process of constituting farmer panels in 577 mandals and as well as in all villages was complete. Only the farmers who have land and cultivating have been included in the committees, he added.
“The government which successfully ensured power supply to farm sector has set its focus on providing irrigation facility to 1.10 crore acres,” Reddy said, referring to the government’s plans to establish Rythu Vedika Bhavans at all cluster headquarters with an outlay of Rs 15 lakh. This office will also include a soil testing centre.
The committees, besides helping farmers in taking up the new farm practices, will all also help them in getting remunerative price for their produce. “Government wants that no farmer in the State should do agriculture by borrowing money,” Reddy said, referring to the financial assistance of Rs 4,000 per acre from next Kharif to procure seed and fertilisers.
He lamented over the fate of farmers in the State where Krishna and Godavari were flowing through. Minister for Roads and Buildings Tummala Nageswara Rao, Khammam MP P Srinivas Reddy, ZP Chairperson G Kavitha, District Collector DS Lokesh Kumar, SC Corporation Chairman Pidamarthi Ravi, DCCB Chairman Muvva Vijay Babu and State Industrial Development Corporation Chairman Sheikh Budan Baig were among others present.