Tribal people living in the interior forest areas and on hillocks have been advised to increase the extent of cultivation of cereals and pulses

ITDA Project Officer C. Nagarani, during his one-day visit to several villages on Saturday, explained them the importance of food security.

She, along with agriculture and irrigation officials, visited Busigudem in Rampachodvaram mandal, Gurumamidi, DV Kota, and Tadepalli in Maredumilli mandal. She undertook a field visit, where pulses and cereals were grown and new agriculture techniques adopted by tribal people under the guidance of agriculture field staff. She inspected markers and konometers, which were used for tilling and cutting crop, and also interacted with a group of farmers and enquired about subsidy being given to them on agriculture inputs.

She appreciated the efforts of some tribal farmers who were engaged in Sri Vari cultivation and asked to extend it to some more areas. She asked them to take up cultivation of traditional crops. She told team that most youngsters were keen on consuming cereals and pulses for their nutritional value. The official also advised them increase cultivation of millet and sell the same to the ITDA and the GCC.