Ministers T.G Venkatesh and E. Pratap Reddy flagged off the Rythu Chaitanya Yatra here on Tuesday. Addressing at the inaugural function, the Ministers called upon farmers to make use of the governmental support given to them. Later, Mr. Pratap Reddy left for Atmakur where a formal review with the district officials was held.

Addressing the meeting at Atmakur along with Collector, the Minister laid emphasis on paddy procurement saying there should be no single instance of farmer suffering on account of poor marketing facility. He said 24 purchase centres, including four FCI centres, had been set up in the district in the major paddy centres.

Gunnies problem overcome

Collector Ramsankar Naik told the Minister that the major hurdle of sourcing gunnies had been overcome. The supplier promised to deliver 25,000 gunnies every alternate day. Also, the rest of the infrastructure was created for full-fledged procurement of paddy. He said Indira Kranti Patham groups would also buy paddy from farmers. He said a high-level committee had been constituted to review the programme.

Talking to farmers, the Minister asked them to adopt the latest techniques like organic cultivation saying natural pest control methods and low usage of chemicals would reduce investment and enhance productivity. He said the agriculture should be made remunerative for farmers. He asked the officials to highlight the importance of quality seed, right dosage of fertilizer application and adequate credit support from banks.

The Collector said SHG model was being adopted for farmers too to borrow group loans which the bankers were willing to advance.

Joint Collector Jyothi M. Buddha Prakash, DWMA PD Govindappa, JD Venkateswarlu and others were present.

In Nellore, Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy flagged off the ‘Rythu Chaitanya Yatras' at South Mopur village in the district. He later laid the foundation stone for construction of Primary Health Centre (PHC) estimated at a cost of Rs.40 lakh.

Mr. Reddy issued cheques to the farmers who sold paddy at Minimum Support Price (MSP). Collector B. Sreedhar said the district administration had opened 38 rice procurement centres through various departments to take the paddy stocks by paying MSP to the farmers.