ANDHRA PRADESH

Uneven rainfall hits agriculture

KURNOOL Nov.1. The Municipal Administration Minister, B.V. Mohan Reddy, has said that uneven rainfall has affected agriculture in the district during the current year.

Speaking at the AP Formation Day celebrations here on Saturday, he said 539 mm rainfall was received as against the normal rainfall of 569 mm and many places recorded deficit rainfall. He said 22,720 quintals of seed was distributed with a subsidy of Rs 7.12 crores to 2.25 lakh farmers. Farmers under the KC Canal were provided a subsidy of 90 per cent. Banks provided loans amounting to Rs.249 crores during the kharif and rabi seasons.

He said the irrigation sector was allotted the lion's share to meet recurring droughts in Kurnool district. The KC Canal was being modernised at a cost of Rs.1,033 crores. The barrage at Sunkesula was completed at a cost of Rs. 130 crores and would be opened soon. An amount of Rs. 78 crores was released for Gururaghavendra project.

The Minister said under the HUDCO loan programme, Rs.14 crores was sanctioned for four municipalities in the district. The DFID project was under way in three municipalities and works were taken up at a cost of Rs. 11.18 crores. The Zilla Parishad chairman, B. Venkatramudu, the Collector, Ajay Jain, and the SP, N. Sanjay, and others were present.

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