ANDHRA PRADESH

Collector visits Agriculture College

Staff Reporter

Srikakulam: District Collector N. Srikanth paid a visit to the Agriculture College at Naira mandal in the district on Friday.

The government college, which is affiliated to Acharya N.G. Ranga Agriculture University, trains some 75 students every year in agricultural practices and latest technology.

The Collector interacted with the students and teaching faculty and visited the laboratories on the 50-acre lush green campus.

Dean M. Venku Naidu told Mr. Srikanth that the college produced some 100 tonnes of paddy seed every year for supplying the same to local farmers.

Sugarcane cultivation

The colleges produces three varieties of paddy seed, including Swarna, Sona and Sona Masuri, which are widely cultivated in the district. The three varieties are being cultivated in an additional 20,000 hectares in the district in view of declining sugarcane cultivation.

Absence of sugarcane factories and related facilities are said to be the reason for the dwindling sugarcane production in the district. More and more sugarcane farmers are taking to paddy cultivation.

Mr. Naidu stated that the district experienced 400 mm of rainfall during the corresponding period last year and currently only 80 mm rainfall was registered so far.

He stated that unless rainfall position in the district improved, it would have a bearing on paddy cultivation in the district. Former dean Subba Rao was also present.

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