Naidu to announce loan waiver
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will release Rs 3,500 crore towards the second phase of loan waiver to farmers at Ongole on June 22, said Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pulla Rao.
Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will release Rs 3,500 crore towards the second phase of loan waiver to farmers at Ongole on June 22, said Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pulla Rao.
Speaking to media persons at CM camp office here on Thursday, the Minister said that Chief Minister is committed to the welfare of farmers. “The government is planning to introduce biometric system for distribution of seeds for the first time in the country. 9 lakh tonnes of seeds are ready and 2 lakh seeds have been distributed in Anantapur district,” he added.
- Rs 3,500 cr to be released in second phase on June 22
- Yeruvaka programme to be launched on June 20 in West Godavari
Stating that the Chief Minister would launch Yeruvaka programme in West Godavari district on June 20, Pulla Rao said that the government has been helping farmers in judicious use of fertilisers by conducting soil tests. He claimed that the State emerged as number one in supplying micro nutrients to farmers and added that 8.5 lakh tonnes of fertilisers are ready for distribution.
The Minister said that international players are ready to develop organic farming in Anantapur district under farm modernisation programmes and it would be launched in the first week of July.
“The government has been giving top priority for agricultural sector and the plan outlay for the sector was increased by Rs 18,000 crore for 2016-17. Chief Minister asked the bankers to extend loans to tenant farmers too,” he added and informed that the State achieved good agricultural yield despite water shortage.
“The government has been planning to bring awareness among farmers on modern farming methods and justifiable usage of water for cultivation. Steps have been initiated to provide additional income sources to farmers through sheep rearing, dairy and poultry units,” he said and stated that a farmer can get a monthly additional income of Rs 10,000 through sheep rearing.