Garudapuram: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam stressed on the need to encourage the youth to take up agriculture for the second green revolution with a target of producing adequate grains with a vision towards 2020.
Mr Kalam released a strategy paper on “Mission on Primary Sector of Andhra Pradesh” at Garudapuram village in Kalyanadurg mandal of Anantapur district on Monday during the Janmabhoomi-Mavuru programme. He asked the government to improve irrigation facilities between Anantapur and Srikakulam.
Advising Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to concentrate on improving irrigation sources in the drought prone Anantapur district, he hoped all parts of Anantapur would have irrigated sources in the next five years. “I would visit again after five years to see a green area,” Mr Kalam said.
Recalling his interaction with thousands of farmers over their experiences in agriculture, Mr Kalam observed that farmers depend on the quality of seed, water and other facilities rather than subsidies to get quality produce.
Mr Naidu, who is the acting chairman of the Mission on Primary Sector, said Anantapur district is very important for the Telugu Desam. “We have a vision to make the agriculture sector free from power cuts by overcoming many problems in the sector. We will solve them one by one.” He added the mission was launched in Anantapur to send a signal to drought affected farmers to get fruitful results from the drought roofing system.
Reiterating about waiver of farm and Dwacra loans, Mr. Naidu declared, “There is no need for farmers to be afraid of loan waivers. No banker will come to your houses asking for the repayment of loans. I will take care of that. More than 20 per cent of the loan amount will be paid to the banks by Oct. 22. We will even pay the interest for the Dwakra Groups.”
ICRISAT director general Willam Dar said a detailed annual plan was prepared after research and study on agriculture and allied sectors added in the Mission which would concentrate on empowering farming sector by improvised machinery to increase quality of produce with sustaining rain deficit conditions. He said the CM was concentrating on the farming sector.
Location: Andhra Pradesh