The minister (right) pointed out that modernisation of deltas will create additional water facilities for cultivation. DC file photo
KAKINADA: Agriculture minister Kurasala Kannababu said ministers have appealed to Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to take up delta modernisation works to ensure free flow of water in canals toward reducing losses to life and property during calamities.
Participating as chief guest of Krishi Vignana Kendra’s 25th year celebrations at Undi in West Godavari District on Saturday, Kannababu said ministers have also sought from CM Rs. 15,000 crore multipurpose facility centres having warehouses and cold storage plants for agriculture produce and fish products, apart from processing units in every Lok Sabha constituency of the state.
The minister disclosed that the Chief Minister has positively responded for these two requests. He pointed out that modernisation of deltas will create additional water facilities for cultivation. And, scientists at multipurpose facility centres will give timely suggestions to cultivators for increasing their yields.
Kannababu said Jagan Mohan Reddy is working hard for farmers, including extending them a power subsidy of Rs. 750 crore, which no other government in the country is doing. CM’s Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs) with required skilled staff, including 11,000 agricultural scientists, are always available to farmers for resolving their difficulties. The minister pointed out that fertilisers and pesticides are also available in RBKs, which can be applied as per suggestions of scientists, so that farmers can enhance their yields and income.
Housing minister Cherukuwada Sriranganatha Raju said record yield is expected during this Rabi season. He exhorted scientists to take steps for enhancing paddy yield per acre to 90 bags.
Presiding over the function, Undi MLA Manthena Ramaraju requested the state government to supply water to farmers till April 15 for getting better crop yields. KVK coordinator N. Mallikarjuna Rao, Acharya Ranga University vice chancellor A. Vishnu Vardhan Reddy and others were present.