Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Several farmers’ leaders have made a strong plea to scientists and Government officials to make available small agricultural machines and implements to enable them manage cultivation in a better manner by addressing the twin problems of productivity and labour problem effectively.

The request was voiced at the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University’s Krishna Zonal Research and Extension Advisory Council Meeting held on Saturday amidst participation of scientists and officials. Agriculture officials, scientists from the Regional Agricultural Research Station and the ANGRAU and others were present.

Joint Director of Agriculture B. Vaman Goud, who welcomed the gathering, said there was a good crop of paddy this season and farmers faced problems only with regard to black gram.

The speakers at the meeting pointed out that the production of various crops in the last kharif season was a little higher than the previous one, which was mainly because of a better water supply and favourable weather conditions.

They said that fertiliser supply was by and large sufficient in all paddy-growing districts.

Federation of Farmers’ Associations Krishna district general secretary P.S.R. Das said that agricultural labour problem became a matter of constant concern.