‘Top priority will be given to drip and sprinkler system of irrigation'
The State Government will shortly double the subsidy provided to farmers cultivating vegetables and fruits, Minister for Horticulture Ramreddy Venkat Reddy said here on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters at the Inspection Bungalow premises before going on a field visit, Mr. Venkata Reddy said that farmers cultivating horticultural crops were being a subsidy of Rs.50,000 and this would be doubled.
The State Government was keen on giving fillip to horticultural production and would accord top priority to drip and sprinkler system of irrigation. Presently, farmers belonging to SC/ST were being given 100 per cent subsidy while farmers belonging to OC/BC were being given 70 per cent. The Minister said that the State Government would also encourage establishment of more cold storages in districts, which have abundant production of commercial crops, fruits and vegetables. Cold storages could play a vital role in storing the produce and keeping it secure from rotting in times of floods, when large tracts would lay submerged.
The Minister also said stressed the need for integrated nutrient management to maximise the production of chilli and pointed out that that future belonged to cultivation of hybrids and rapid investment would be made in the field of post-harvest technology. Farmers should keenly watch the vagaries of nature which could have a detrimental effect on crop patterns, he pointed out. Horticulture Department Assistant Director D. Madhusudan Reddy explained the importance of poly-house which was an upgraded model of poly-drier and could be used for cultivation as well as drying of chillies. The Minister later visited two villages of Kanteru and Kothavaram and inspected chilli fields. He said that special focus should be made in preserving the rare breed of Ongole bulls. He also inspected some innovative methods in vegetable production.
Assistant Directors D. Madhusudana Reddy and Padmavathy accompanied the minister.