Organic farming is the new buzz word in Andhra Pradesh. The need to switch to organic methods has been heavily stressed upon by the AP state govt in the recent times.
Adding to the same is the recent interaction that happened between the Minister for Agriculture and the farmers. Prathipati Pulla Rao appealed to the farmers to take up organic farming with minimal investment, using natural resources that promote health.
Organic farming creates economic well-being and health, the minister said while addressing few women farmers, Farmer Producers Samakhya members and organic farmers after inaugurating Seva Gramabhivrudhi Samstha office at Uyyalawada village in Orvakal mandal in Kurnool district on Wednesday.
Rao had earlier inaugurated a farmers’ producers society in the village and called out to the farmers’ initiative to take up organic farming. Sale of organic farm produce would also be easier and can be exported to other States, he said.
Talking about the plight of onion growers, Mr. Pulla Rao promised purchase of onion at Rs. 7 a kg.
Farmers of Uyyalawada achieved a turover of Rs. 25 crore through organic farming and there was a scope to achieve a turnover of Rs. 600 crore, Krishi Vignana Kendram official Muniratnam Naidu said. The farmers of Uyyalawada were sanctioned interest-free loans of lakhs of rupees for organic farming and up to Rs. 3 lakh under Pavala Vaddi scheme, he said and advised farmers to promptly repay loan.
Special Chief Secretary of Agriculture Vijaya Kumar said a Farm Producers Samakhya would be set up at Uyyalawada and farmers’ societies in 139 clusters. MP Jairam Ramesh sanctioned Rs. 25 lakh from his MPLADs for construction of Farmer Producers’ Society office and the farmers contributed Rs. 15 lakh for it, he said.
The Minister gave away cheques of Rs. 25,000 each to members of 10 farmer socities to promote organic farming.
Source – PTI