ANDHRA PRADESH

Government dedicated to ryots’ welfare: Raghuveera

Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: Minister for Agriculture N. Raghuveera Reddy reiterated that the government is dedicated to the welfare of farmers and is committed to develop agriculture sector and allied sectors. The government has made agriculture a viable economic activity from being neglected as an unviable vocation, he said.

Speaking at ‘Rythu Protsahaka Utsavalu’ at Narpala, Tadimarri and Bathalapalli in the district on Thursday to distribute Rs.5,000 incentive to farmers who were not benefited by the loan waiver scheme, he said that the State government is leaving no stone unturned to make agriculture a lucrative sector.

The previous TDP Government had spent just Rs. 4,200 crore on agriculture sector in 2003-04 but the present Congress Government is spending Rs. 32,000 crore on the sector in the current year (2008-09). Only Rs. 340 crore crop loans were given in the district in 2004 while it has gone up to Rs. 1,200 crore this year, he said. The TDP is demanding Rs. 3,000 per acre as crop loss compensation this year. The party gave Rs. 500 per acre input subsidy for a couple of years when it was in power, he said and added that the government will take every step possible to plug the losses suffered by farmers.

An amount of Rs. 3.83 crore was distributed among 7,665 farmers in the form of credit advances. Such an incentive is not being given in any other State in the country, he said.

Singanamala MLA S. Sailajanath, Anantapur Agriculture Market Committee chairman Sathyanarayana Reddy and others participated.

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