‘There is a need for government to buy back produce on liberal terms’
Rural Development Minister D. Manikya Varaprasada Rao has stressed the need for governments to assure farmers of guaranteed income from food and commercial crops grown by them in future so that they are not demoralised.
The farmers would be enthused to do agriculture if the governments provided them the required facilities and promised to buy back their produce on liberal terms and paid compensation for crop loss caused by natural calamities on the basis of actual production values, he said.
Besides, the government should encourage mechanisation by giving subsidies to the farmers whose average per capita land holding stands at a meagre two acres. “The agriculture sector as a whole has to be reformed in tune with the technology-driven changes,” he asserted.
Addressing the inaugural session of the three-day ‘Technologies for Modern Agriculture AP-TEC 2012 Conference & Exhibition’ at the Regional Agricultural Research Station here on Thursday, Mr. Varaprasada Rao said a good number of farmers were shifting to other activities due to the difficulties involved in agriculture, both in growing the crops and selling them in the volatile markets.
Hybrid seed revolutionised agriculture in the country, more so in Guntur district. The benefits of genetically-modified seed and crops had to be extended to the farmers. Indigenous varieties should also be supported. It would be good to have competition between scientific methods and age-old traditions followed on the fields.
Repairs to tanks
The Minister said priority was given to augmenting storage capacities during the 12th Plan period and plans were afoot for conducting permanent repairs to 20,000-plus irrigation tanks in villages.
The Chief Minister was also urged to examine the possibility of appointing agricultural engineers in every Assembly constituency to facilitate mechanisation of agriculture.
This would provide jobs to a large number of students of agriculture coming out of colleges every year.
District Collector S. Suresh Kumar, Andhra Pradesh Technology Development & Promotion Centre Director S. Jyothi Kumar, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University Director (Research) R. Sudhakar Rao, RARS Associate Director R. Veera Raghavaiah, and Joint Director of Agriculture V. Sreedhar were present.
Farm mechanisation should be encouraged by giving subsidies to farmers, says Minister ‘Besides supporting indigenous varieties, GM seed and crops should be extended’
Farm mechanisation should be encouraged by giving subsidies to farmers, says Minister
‘Besides supporting indigenous varieties, GM seed and crops should be extended’