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Develop new crop varieties which can withstand natural calamities: Collector

Collector S. Suresh Kumar interacting with farmers, at Regional Agricultural Research Station at Lam on Tuesday. —Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
Collector S. Suresh Kumar interacting with farmers, at Regional Agricultural Research Station at Lam on Tuesday. —Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Farmers raising paddy, pulses and horticultural crops appealed to scientists to protect them from the losses occurring due to the frequent natural calamities.

Farmers from Guntur and Krishna districts participated in a discussion with the scientists organised by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) at the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) of Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University here on Tuesday.

ATMA Project Director A.M. Srilatha said the theme of the programme was “How to get better yield with less investment” and counselled the ryots who were in distress due to crop losses.

Farmers who participated in the discussion urged the scientists to make regular field visits and study the crops affected with diseases and damaged due to floods and advise them on raising alternative crops. A progressive farmer, Udata Srinivas, explained how he raised cluster beans (goru chikkudu) in rabi and got good results. Collector and ATMA Chairman S. Suresh Kumar, who attended the programme, said that farmers expected bumper yield during kharif, but the frequent cyclones had shattered the hopes of ryots. At this juncture, scientists should make efforts to develop new varieties which can withstand calamities, he said.

Water for rabi

With regard to the supply of water for next rabi crop, Mr. Suresh Kumar said the government would give water to Krishna-Guntur delta and the district administration was talking to the irrigation authorities in this regard.

The scientists along with RARS Associate Director of Research Ravuri Veera Raghavaiah and the farmers discussed on the problems on kharif crops, water management and plant protection in view of heavy rains predicted and the varieties to be sown for the next rabi season.


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