Mylavaram MLA and TDP district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao has dashed off letters to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Minor Irrigation Minister T.G. Venkatesh on problems faced by the farmers and people in the district.

The MLA, in the letter addressed to the CM, said that the farmers cultivated black gram in 4.10 lakh acres in Rabi season in the district. The yield also doubled apart from acreage of cultivation. The Markfed, however, closed the purchasing centre.

He requested the Chief Minister to intervene and take immediate steps either to get funds from the Nafed or allot funds to the Markfed from market cess to enable the farmers to sell the black gram and maize at minimum support price.

In another letter, he asked the Chief Minister to direct the Irrigation officials to take up the Enikepadu UT (on Eluru canal) reconstruction work on a war- footing as a permanent measure under the Delta Modernisation programme to avoid frequent submersion of Vijayawada city and villages abutting Budameru drain and its catchment areas.

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