The first-ever exclusive agriculture budget in Andhra Pradesh, in addition to the general budget, would be presented in the Assembly on Monday.

State Agriculture Minister Kanna Laxminarayana would present the agriculture budget soon after the general budget is read out by Finance Minister A. Ramanarayana Reddy.

The farm sector budget would cover allocations for agriculture and eight allied sectors including horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, marketing, cooperatives, sugar, water supply and food processing.

According to Mr. Laxminarayana, the special agriculture budget would herald a new era in the State’s agriculture sector.

It would ensure better coordination among officials of various departments and instil confidence among agriculturists with various steps for their benefits, he said.

A massive exercise preceded the presentation of the agriculture budget.

As per the idea of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, a team led by Mr. Laxminarayana visited neighbouring Karnataka and studied the concept of agriculture budget being made there.