Tips given to tribal farmers at a special camp for more yield

Scientists and officials, who participated in a special camp on maize in I. Polavaram on Thursday, advised tribal farmers to increase maize production in their areas as the corn products are having great demand in the market. They also asked them to take advice from the Agriculture Technical Management Agency (ATMA) to raise good varieties of maize in the Agency areas.

YSR Horticulture University, Hyderabad, Directorate of Maize Research, New Delhi, Krishi Vignan Kendra, Pandirimamidi, and ATMA jointly organised this special camp for I. Polavaram and Bandapalli farmers who grow the crop more when compared to other areas.

Addressing the camp, ATMA project director K. Seetharama Raju said that the agency was acting as a link between farmers, shepherds, poultry farmers, fishermen, and horticulturists.

He said the agency would take 25 shepherds to filed visit to Uttar Pradesh and Madurai in December for exposure and also to Marteru Agriculture Extension Centre.

There were enough funds with ATMA to disburse loans and subsidies to farmers who take up cultivation in groups. He said that Nandi Foundation and Global Livelihood Network jointly planted 20 lakh horticulture saplings in Paderu and the ATMA also assisted the farmers in the venture.

Good varieties

Dr. Soujanya, scientist from Maize Research Centre, suggested that there were two varieties (DHM 117, HQPM 1) of rich protein maize which have demand in the market and asked the farmers to grow the same varieties in Rampachodavaram area.

Agriculture Assistant Director B.K. Mallikharjuna Rao, KVK programme coordinator A. Srinivas, horticulture officer Ch. Srinivasulu and others spoke.

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