The latest developments in the field of agricultural science and technology were discussed at a farmer-scientist interaction organised during the A.P Science Congress at Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) on Friday.

A.P Akademi of Sciences president Ch. Mohan Rao, J. Madhusudana Rao of Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, Regional Agricultural Research Station, Lam (Guntur) associate director R. Veera Raghavaiah, N. Venugopala Rao of Jana Vignana Vedika and ANU Head of Department of Biotechnology K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao gave a fresh insight into various aspects of agriculture with specific reference to advanced technologies that could be utilised by farmers for improving yield and productivity.

Vice-Chancellor K. Viyanna Rao said scientists should help the farmers in confronting the challenges faced in producing the crops, by taking the new concepts developed by them from `laboratories to the land’.

Addressing the farmers, Mr. Mohan Rao said scientists were bringing up new disease resistant varieties of crops and the seeds were distributed to farmers across the country. Due focus was laid on improving the yields of paddy and checking the menace of bacterial leaf blight disease in `Sona Masuri’ variety of rice.

Mr. Veera Raghavaiah stressed the need for proper communication flow to enable the farmers to keep abreast of latest developments and replicate them on the field.