Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted a review of the agriculture department here on Friday and emphasized on providing quality seeds to farmers and ordered officials to complete the 100% electronic cultivation to maximize benefits for farmers.
During the review meeting, the chief minister asked the authorities to regularly test the quality of the seeds, which are supplied to the farmers. Furthermore, he told them to make sure that there were no mistakes in providing seeds and fertilizers to the farmers and asked them to look into the matter carefully. Officials informed him that there are sufficient reserves of fertilizers and that they are provided by the RBKs. He asked the officials to give daily updates on the supply of seeds, fertilizers and prices of agricultural products to the agricultural assistants of the RBKs.
Reviewing the e-cropping, he ordered the authorities to complete the e-cropping 100% by the first week of September without any errors. He told them to monitor the process closely on a daily basis and issue physical and digital receipts after e-cropping. Also, he asked them to correct if there were any errors on the website. Further, the Chief Minister directed officials to take appropriate measures to deliver maximum benefits to farmers as Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana is in partnership with YSR Free Crop Insurance Scheme.
The Chief Minister also discussed the use of drones in agriculture with the officials and asked them to prepare master trainers to provide training on the use, maintenance and repair of drones. He ordered officials to provide training on the use of drones to ITI or polytechnic students by selecting a college in each constituency.
Discussing various other issues related to agriculture, he ordered the authorities to ensure that every kiosk of RBK is in working condition with proper internet connection and told them to take necessary measures to keep them running efficiently. He asked officials to draw up plans to provide more types of equipment under the YSR Yantraseva program.
Meanwhile, the officials briefed the chief minister on the preparations for the kharif and said above normal rainfall was recorded across the state, where high rainfall of 16.2 percent was recorded till to August 3. Although the cultivated area is estimated at 36.82 lakh hectares in the current kharif season, 18.8 lakh hectares have already been cultivated.
Minister of Agriculture Kakani Govardhan Reddy, Vice President of AP Agri-Mission MVS Nagireddy, Government Counselor (Agriculture) Ambati Krishna Reddy, Chief Secretary Sameer Sharma, Special CS for Department of Agriculture Poonam Malakondaiah, Chief Land Administration Commissioner G Sai Prasad, Finance Secretary N Gulzar, Agriculture Commissioner C Harikiran and other officials were present.
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