Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy inaugurated ‘Horti Expo-2012', the annual event of Horticulture Department, here on Thursday.
Horticulture farmers from across the State kept their best produce, fruits and vegetables, on display. Several companies making agriculture and allied equipment and other inputs also set up their stalls at the expo. The Chief Minister went round the stalls and learnt the details of their produce from several farmers.
A group of graduates of horticulture course staged a protest by raising slogans when the Chief Minister was entering the venue and demanded the latter to fill vacancies in the Horticulture Department. They requested the Chief Minister to fill the vacancies on permanent basis instead of contract employment as there had been no recruitment in the department for long.
However, the officials and police pacified them and allowed them to submit their representation to the Chief Minister.
Speaking to reporters later, Minister for Horticulture R. Venkata Reddy announced that filling of vacancies in the department would be taken up within a month under Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu scheme. The Chief Minister had agreed to increase the budget for the department to Rs. 1,000 crore for 2012-13, the Minister stated.
The government had decided to provide 200 vans (vehicles) on subsidy to vegetable farmers' groups to sell their produce. The government would give 50 per cent subsidy in the vehicle cost of Rs. 4 lakh each and the remaining amount would be arranged as bank loans.
Budget for Horticulture Department increased to Rs. 1,000 crore for 2012-13 200 vans to be given on subsidy to vegetable farmer groups to sell their produce
Budget for Horticulture Department increased to Rs. 1,000 crore for 2012-13
200 vans to be given on subsidy to vegetable farmer groups to sell their produce