Collector flags off Rythu Chaitanya Yatra

The fortnight-long Rythu Chaitanya Yatra was flagged off at Merakamudidam, the mandal headquarters village, by Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah on Tuesday. Lok Sabha member Botcha Jhansi Lakshmi, Zilla Parishad Chairperson B. Chandrasekhar, officials, and farmers participated.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Jhansi Lakshmi said the Centre and State governments were firm on uplifting farmers and the present yatra was being organised with an objective to educate farmers on modern methods of farming, give a patient hearing to their problems and solve them. She recalled the benefits such as free power, waiver off farm loans, lifting of paddy damaged by unseasonal rain, and payment of crop insurance being given to them on the occasion. Later, she inaugurated mandal samakhya building built at a cost of Rs. 12.70 lakh and a model nursery sanctioned under the Rashtriya Krushi Vikas Yojana to a beneficiary at Ramalingapuramm in the same mandal. She said the government's priority was to empower women. In line with its objective, all schemes and loans were being sanctioned in the name of women groups.

Mr. Veerabrahmaiah said it was targeted to disburse Rs. 600crore as crop loans this year. He asked farmers to hand over loan applications to model farmers during the chaitanya yatras. He asked women groups to send their female children to Kasturibha schools, where food, clothes, and books were being supplied free of cost. Joint Director (Agriculture) Guravaiah was present.

The ‘Rythu Chaitanya Yatra' in East Godavari district was flagged off by Collector M. Ravi Chandra here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the objective of the campaign was to create awareness among the farmers from the rural pockets about the modern methods of farming.

He said teams consisting of all departments under the captainship of mandal agricultural officer were already formed and plans were chalked out to ensure that each team would visit at least two villages a day and interact with farmers. Besides the agriculture officer, officers from the horticulture, marketing, fisheries, sericulture, animal husbandry and other related departments would participate in the campaign, Mr. Ravi Chandra said.

Referring to ‘Rythu Sadassu' programme scheduled to be held in the district from June 7 to June 11, the Collector said display of live models and interaction with model farmers would form part of the Sadassu. Joint Director of Agriculture P. Atma Ramulu, District Lead Bank Manager Jagannadha Raju and other officials were present.


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