Staff Reporter

Seminar organised as part of National Science Day celebrations

VIJAYAWADA: Project Director of Krishna District Water Management Agency (DWMA) K. Sudhakar Reddy on Wednesday exhorted farmers to make use of the development of science and technology to explore techniques of water conservation.

He was addressing a seminar on `More crop per drop', organised by the Regional Science Centre of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Science and Technology (APCOST) at Bhavanipuram here as part of the National Science Day celebrations.

Mr. Reddy said this year's theme for celebrations was aimed at educating the farmers and helping them increase their farm output in the best possible way. "Water is the elixir of life. Let's make the best use of it," he urged.

Mr. Reddy said the theme assumed greater significance in the backdrop of scanty rainfall. Farmers were forced to grow crops with the limited water resources available. The State Government was promoting drip and sprinkler irrigation in a big way by supplying the equipment required for it on huge subsidy.

J. Viswanath, executive engineer of the Rural Water Supply wing of the Panchayat Raj Department, presided over the meeting. Former deputy director of Agriculture V.V. Narasimha Rao, former assistant director of Agriculture M. Devanandam, head of the botany department at the Andhra Loyola College K. Srirama Murthy and officer in-charge of the Regional Science centre Prayaga Srinivas also participated.

At Gora Science Centre, J. Mythri, editor of Nastika Maargam stressed the need for women to play a role on par with their male counterparts in spreading the message of science and technology.

Centre director G. Niyantha emphasised the need for a thorough research to overcome natural calamities like drought, which were caused due to scanty rainfall.