Horticultural crops and vegetables being grown in one lakh acres in Kadapa district
KADAPA: District Collector Shashi Bhushan Kumar on Monday said farmers in Kadapa district were adopting drip and sprinkler irrigation for achieving higher crop yields in view of deficient rainfall.
He inspected Krishnapuram onion crop in Pullareddipet village and tomato and flower gardens raised by farmers in Khanagudur in Duvvur mandal. Krishnapuram onion growers K. Nagakrishna Reddy and Adinarayana Reddy said the previous yield of 15 to 20 quintals per acre had increased to 40 to 50 quintals per acre.
Horticultural crops and vegetables were being grown in one lakh acres in Kadapa district with drip irrigation facility, he said.
Crops raised under drip irrigation would be pest-free and would result in power saving.
The government was extending 90 per cent subsidy on drip irrigation amounting to Rs. 50,000 per acre, Mr. Shashi Bhushan Kumar said. Turmeric yield grew from 20 quintals per acre to 50 quintals under drip irrigation. The Krishnapuram onion price was being monitored and Markfed would open an onion purchase centre at Mydukur if necessary, he assured.
Project Director of A.P. Micro-Irrigation Project P.S. Raghavaiah, Jammalamadugu RDO M.V. Subba Reddy, assistant directors of horticulture Dharmaja and Srinivasulu and Duvvur tahsildar Kiran participated.