Rosaiah confident of good kharif season
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:41
  
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah today expressed confidence that copious rainfall this season would result in a bumper kharif crop.

"We are committed to the welfare of farmers who constitute the backbone of the state's economy," a release from the Chief Minister's office quoted him as saying during an official meeting.

"Encouraged with the favourable monsoon, the state government is now hopeful of bettering the previous record of 204 lakh metric tonnes food grain production in 2008 and reaching 208 lakh metric tonnes this year," it stated.

The Chief Minister had a discussion on the progress of agricultural operations in the state with the Minister for Agriculture N Raghuveera Reddy and other senior officials.

Rosaiah said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh repeatedly told him that the Centre looks to Andhra for more food production for enhancing its contribution to the nation's food security.

He said the state government has taken up steps for increasing storage of foodgrains and had decided to encourage construction of godowns by private sector in addition to taking up construction of several godowns on its own.

Rosaiah was informed that during kharif season this year, the state government has planned to supply 36.75 lakh metric tonnes (LMTs) of fertilisers to meet the targeted food-grain production against the requirement of 17.80 LMTs upto July.

13.01 LMTs have been sold in all the districts so far and 4.86 LMTs of different grades of fertilisers have been positioned in various places as on July 20, 2010, the release said.

Rosaiah has requested the Centre to extend interest subsidy under Pavala Vaddi scheme (loans at 3 per cent interest) to rescheduled crop loans of farmers in drought/flood affected mandals, the release said.

He said Rs 11,189.54 lakh is to be released towards input subsidy to the affected small and marginal farmers whose crops were damaged due to natural calamities in the previous year, it said.

The Chief Minister hoped that with all the facilities and benefits and very good rains, resulting in good inflows into reservoirs, farmers will be blessed with record production during kharif and Andhra Pradesh will be able to sustain its number one position in agricultural production in the country, it added.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:41


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