Natural resources should be optimally utilised, says Minister Ramachandraiah
The deliberate destruction of nature by human beings led to ecological imbalance, which in turn, led to the natural disaster in Char Dham, Minister for Endowments, C. Ramachandraiah, said on Sunday.
Natural resources should be optimally utilised for improving one’s lifestyle but felling trees can be perilous, he said after launching Yeruvaka Pournima programme at Moolavanka in Chintakommadinne mandal. He lamented that farmers were in dire straits and unable to fix the prices of their agriculture products while businessmen were deciding the prices of goods sold by them.
Mr. Ramachandraiah instructed officials to enlighten farmers on technical know-how and modern agricultural implements.
Scientists and astrologers have indicated that there will be good rainfall this year, the Minister said and urged farmers to be confident. He recalled that such a programme was implemented at the time of Vijayanagar emperor Srikrishnadevarayalu’s rule.
District Collector K. Sasidhar promised to resolve land issues in Kadapa district within the next 30 days. Crop loans were disbursed among 1,000 farmers out of the annual target of disbursal to 10,000 farmers, he said.
There is adequate stock of seed and fertilisers and they are being distributed through the Agros and District Cooperative Market Society, he said. He called upon farmers to come forward to utilise Yantralakshmi tools.
Crops were raised in one lakh acres using organic fertilisers, Mr. Sasidhar said. Such agricultural products are fetching higher price than others in the district and selling them at Hyderabad would fetch more income, he said.
Assuring market linkage with Hyderabad, he said farmers should get their produce certified in order to sell it there.
He told farmers to utilise welfare schemes, avail subsidies and gain awareness of modern farming tools.
Farmers should strive to get higher yield by cutting down costs, Joint Collector K. Nirmala said.
Kadapa DCMS Chairman Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Joint Director of Agriculture Narasimhulu, Deputy Director of Farmer Training Centre Chandrasekhar, Joint Director of Animal Husbandry S. Venkata Rao, Kadapa RDO V. Veerabrahmam, Yeruvaka scientist Padmodaya, DOT Centre scientist Veeraiah and other officials participated.