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Meet to formulate agri action plan

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The Zonal Research Extension Agriculture Council (ZREAC) will be meeting on March 25-26 at the Lam Farm for wide consultations and formulation of Agriculture Action Plan for the 2015-16 year, according to Agriculture Research Station (ARS) Associate Research Director Dr.E Narayana.

Guntur: The Zonal Research Extension Agriculture Council (ZREAC) will be meeting on March 25-26 at the Lam Farm for wide consultations and formulation of Agriculture Action Plan for the 2015-16 year, according to Agriculture Research Station (ARS) Associate Research Director Dr.E Narayana.

  • Two-day meeting at Lam Farm on March 25, 26
  • Officials, scientists and farmers to attend the meeting
  • Plan to set up 'Chandranna Rytu Kshetras' in all the mandals

Addressing a press conference at the Lam Farm premises here on Monday, Dr Narayana said that farmers, scientists and agriculture authorities of allied institutions would participate in the two-day meeting. The director revealed that a new paddy variety BPT 2411 which is disease and pest resistant is ready for release by the scientists. The rice variety crop period is 145 days and the yield is 7 tonnes per hectare. Besides another rice variety BPT 2295 is also ready for release.

The crop period is 155 days and gives the same yield as the BPT 2411 variety. The above two varieties resemble Sambasuri variety rice and are of high quality in nutrition and texture. Another BPT 2595 variety, BPT 2571 and 2615 varieties are also disease resistant and its yield varies from 5.5, 6.5 to 7 tonnes per hectare.

Dr Narayana said that the government is giving top priority to mechanisation of farming sector and is preparing plans to introduce mechanization in all agriculture activity on a PPP mode involving the private sector. It is planning to supply paddy transplanters to farmers on a PPP mode.

Besides new varieties of pulses, cotton, sugar-cane and beans are also ready for release. Bio-fertilizers promotion is also on the agenda of the government. The ARS has also produced bio-fertilizers at its Amaravathi Research Station to the tune of 184 tonnes and supplied the same to the farmers. Besides breeding and foundation seed is also being produced by ARS and supplied to the farmers. So far 651 tonnes of seed has been supplied this year.

Joint Director of Agriculture V.Sridhar speaking on the occasion said that scientists need to apply their mind on bringing down cultivation cost. The department of Agriculture is also planning to set up 'Chandranna Rytu Kshetras' in all the mandals. Farmers can replicate the models demonstrated in the model farms. Agriculture Technology Mission Agency (ATMA) project director M.Padmavathi was also present.

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