AP Government gives top priority to agriculture, says Chandrababu Naidu
Stating that the Andhra Pradesh will be free from fertilizers and pesticides in cultivation by 2024, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on...
- Rayalaseema districts hub of horticulture crops
- State will be free from fertilizers, pesticides by 2024
Vijayawada:Stating that the Andhra Pradesh will be free from fertilizers and pesticides in cultivation by 2024, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Tuesday that the State government is giving top priority to agriculture and allied sectors. He said the crops produced in the state will have demand around the world due to the nature farming being implemented by the farmers.
Replying to a question in the State Assembly during the vote on account budget session, Chandrababu Naidu said the state is achieving double digit growth in agriculture in spite of below normal rainfall during the last four years. He said zero based natural farming is top priority of the State government and the world would look at Andhra Pradesh for the fertilizers and pesticide free agriculture products.
He said over 7000 villagers have started nature farming and been not using the fertilizers and pests for production of crops. He said Anantapur district topped in horticulture crops production in the state with income of Rs.14,700 crore followed by Kurnool with Rs.13,000 crore. He said six districts from Andhra Pradesh got place among the top ten horticulture crops producing districts.
Chandrababu Naidu said the Government is giving top priority to micro irrigation with targeted area of one crore acres in the coming years. He said four Rayalaseema districts of Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool and Anatapur are famous for horticulture crops and generating revenue to the farmers.
Referring to agriculture crops in the state, CM said AP tops in production of maize and second in the paddy. He said Andhra Pradesh produces 22 percent of the total fish production in the country and 25 percent prawn production. Praising the achievement of Andhra Pradesh in prawn exports, Chandrababu Naidu said the share of Andhra Pradesh in total aqua exports is 40 percent in the country.
He informed the house that Andhra Pradesh government is giving top priority for completion of irrigation projects, implementation of loan waiver and farm mechanization. Chandrababu said the State successfully overcame problems arose due to the deficit rainfall due to the monitoring of water levels by implementing Neeru-Pragati and other programmes.