Jogulamba Gadwal: Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy on Tuesday said providing healthy food to the people was one of the goals of the State government. To achieve this, he said, the agricultural department must discourage farmers from using chemical fertilizers and pesticides and instead encourage them to go for pheromone traps, bio-fertilizers and other means to protect soil fertility, which, in turn, will produce better quality food.
At a review meeting with district agricultural officials and people’s representatives, he also directed agricultural officials to encourage farmers to use only those seeds, which were certified and issued by the government.
He also sought to know from the official about how many farmers were yet to receive Rythu Bandhu cheques this year. District Agricultural Officer Govind Naik said there were 36,000 accounts for which Rythu Bandhu amount was yet to be disbursed. The Minister asked the officials to prepare a list of farmers from those 36,000 accounts, who owned less than 10 acre of land so that he could speak with the Commissioner of Agriculture and expedite the process of depositing the amount in their accounts.
He asked the officials to form teams and visit at least 20 farmers in every village to study their soil conditions and suggest the type of crops they could cultivate. Agricultural officials must also take up geotagging of those farm lands. DAO Govind Naik informed that 1.52 lakh acre was cultivated by farmers in the district this Kharif, and 2,309 soil samples were collected from various places. Soil health cards were issued to the farmers from whom samples were taken.
Gadwal MLA B Krishna Mohan Reddy, Alampur MLA VM Abraham, District Collector K Shashanka, ZP Chairperson K Saritha among others attended the meeting.