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'Create awareness among farmers on farm policies'

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The minister advised the officials that the equal importance should be given to the land owned farmers and the tenant farmers and the banks should...

The minister advised the officials that the equal importance should be given to the land owned farmers and the tenant farmers and the banks should also give importance to farmers while sanctioning the loans. createTirupati: Minister for Agriculture Kanna Lakshminarayana on Thursday opened a regional agricultural meet at Mahati Auditorium here.A Senior officials from Agriculture department and scientists from four districts of Rayalaseema region and Nellore district were present. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister asked the Agricultural officials to utilise the opportunity of Rythu Chaitanya Yatralu, which are scheduled to start from April 22 for creating an awareness among farmers on various welfare programmes being implemented by the State government and make the proposed programme a grand success. Lakshminarayana said the Rythu Chaitanya Yatralu would be organising ahead of the Khariff season and hoped that the farmers would get lot of benefits with the proposed programme. He advised the officials that the equal importance should be given to the land owned farmers and the tenant farmers and the banks should also give importance to farmers while sanctioning the loans. As the State government is providing cent per cent technical assistant to farmers, it is the duty for the agricultural officials to resolve the problems of farmers at the field level," Kanna Laxminarayana said. The Minister said the Congress government had been implementing the farmers' friendly policies since it came to power in 2004 and the journey from free power to interest-free loans for farmers was remarkable and a significant achievement. "The soil health cards, meant for good yields, are being distributed to farmers. The cards will also help in a great way for educating the farmers about the regular crop patterns and alternate crops," he said. The Minister also said that in 2004, the crop loans stood at Rs 9,000 crores whereas the target for the year 2013-14 has been fixed at a whopping Rs 72,000 crores for the agriculture sector. Minister for Mines Galla Aruna Kumari said that the steps would be taken to remove those ideal farmers who are not working on expected lines. Later, she unveiled a publicity poster of Rythu Chaitanya Yatralu. State Agriculture Commissioner K Madhusudhan Rao and Agriculture Joint Director Ravi Kumar and others were present.
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