ANDHRA PRADESH

YSR to open rythu sadassu

TAKING STOCK: The Government Whip, Samineni Udaya Bhanu, inspecting arrangements made for rythu sadassu at Swaraj Maidan in Vijayawada on Saturday.

TAKING STOCK: The Government Whip, Samineni Udaya Bhanu, inspecting arrangements made for rythu sadassu at Swaraj Maidan in Vijayawada on Saturday.  

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: The focus of rythu sadassu is to increase the income of the farmer by teaching him methods to increase productivity and reduce expenditure. The district Collector, Naveen Mittal, addressing a press conference here on Saturday, said the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, would inaugurate the farmers' convention to be attended by 10,000 farmers.

Scientists and experts would interact with the farmers at three different venues -- the main dais and two seminar halls. The first seminar hall could accommodate 1,000 farmers and the second 500 farmers. Educational videos would also be screened at the convention.

On the occasion, the Department of Agriculture and allied departments would organise an exhibition.

Special arrangements

The district administration would conduct the convention as a very `serious programme.' Special arrangements were being made to transport the farmers and provide them meals, snacks and refreshments. The district administration had invited 6,000 farmers to participate in the convention on the first day, but arrangements would be made for 10,000 farmers, the Collector said.

Invitations had been sent to about 4,000 farmers to participate in the convention on the second day, but the convention was open to all farmers those were interested in benefiting from it, Mr. Mittal said. An asset distribution programme is also being organised during the convention.

Science Centre

The Chief Minister would also participate in two other programmes in the city.

He would inaugurate the second regional Science Centre developed by the Andhra Pradesh Council for Science and Technology at a cost of Rs. 2 crores.

The Krishna district administration also spent Rs. 30 lakhs from the Sarva Sikshana Abhiyan funds, the Collector said.

The Chief Minister would also inaugurate the newly constructed Ambedkar Bhavan and Study Circle with hostel and other facilities built at a cost of Rs. 65 lakhs, he said.

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