From 2nd June, the Andhra Pradesh state government is all set to begin the disbursement of input subsidies to the farmers. They aim at completing this task by 8th June.
“Agri Smart”, a smart service center will also be launched by the government. While addressing a review meeting about horticulture, agriculture and allied sectors, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that this will help the farmers to resolve all their issues related to farming. The center will hold all the details of the cultivated lands, crops, water availability and seeds. It will also offer a provision to the farmers to book fertilizers and seeds and get these door delivered.
He directed his officials that this matter should be prioritized. He went on to set a target for the distribution of at least 11 lakh soil health cards by the end of this month. This distribution will be carried out in two phases with 26 lakh cards being distributed in the first phase and 28 lakh cards being distributed in the second phase. The distribution of these cards will be completed during the financial year 2017-18.
According to the CM, the aim of the soil health card is to provide the farmers a detailed account of their status of nutrients in the soil. He said that the use of the card seems to be yielding good results what with the production having increased at 5-10% in some areas with the use of micro nutrients.
Chandrababu Naidu thinks that the horticultural area in the state should increase and the sector should aim for a growth of 30%. He hopes that the agricultural sector will also show a growth of 23.9% in the current year.
As far as the distribution of seeds is concerned, 9.31 lakh quintals of seeds from the target of 11.22lakh quintals have been acquired by the government and are ready to be distributed. From a target of 6.75 lakh quintals, 6.09 lakh quintals of groundnut seeds have also been processed and are set aside to be distributed.
During Kharif 2017, the requirement for fertilizers was at 16.85LMTs with its availability being put up at 9.80LMTs. The remaining stock that was available at Markfed was put up for 1.97LMTs.