MP Botcha Jhansi Lakshmi and Collector Kantilal Dande formally launched the “yeruvaka” programme (tilling of farmland) at Penta Srirampuram village in Gantyada mandal on Sunday. Later, addressing the gathering, Dr. Jhansi Lakshmi emphasised on the need for organising crop loan melas to disburse the targeted Rs.750 crore among farmers for this kharif.
She called upon farmers to improve yield per acre by adopting farming methods. She claimed that groundwater table swelled up following execution of works under the NREGP, and she suggested farmers to utilise the government’s 30 per cent subsidy on solar pumpsets.
The Collector said farmers could face effectively atmospheric challenges if they followed suggestions of farm scientists. There had been a drastic change in farm methods and adoption of techniques would bring down losses. He asked them to choose crop varieties after soil testing. He said increased use of bio-pesticides would benefit them.
Gajapathinagaram MLA Botcha Appala Narasaiah said Rs.23 crore was being spent to supply water from Thatipudi reservoir to lands in the mandal.