This is a testimony to show All India Radio is still popular among rural masses, even in the age of satellite channels. This AIR programme is overwhelmingly received, as it covers more than 80 per cent of the district, including the remote corners, like Manala and Sirikonda forest areas.
Going by the response to the recent phone-in programme of district Collector D. Varaprasad on farm sector issues, it can be said that a significant number of farmers have closely been following the programmes broadcast by AIR.
Many ryots posed questions to the Collector to clarify their doubts on varied problems.
Mr. Varaprasad told farmers that 60 paddy purchase centres were being opened to collect their produce during the current harvest season. Godowns were getting ready, with the total storage capacity of two lakh tonnes. But over seven lakh tonnes of paddy was expected to arrive during the kharif, he said.
He went on to say that the administration was ready to purchase any quantity of paddy at the minimum support price fixed by the government.
There was no dearth of fertilizer and other inputs, Mr. Varaprasad maintained.
M. Paul Rajasekhar, AIR Programme Executive, who organised the weekly phone-in programme on agriculture, said it was receiving good response.
P. RAM MOHAN in Nizamabad