Mahabubnagar: The State government was committed to give free power to farm sector in coming days also, said the Minister for Information and Public Relations, Ms D.K. Aruna.
She said this while addressing Ugadi Puraskaram to Uttama Rythu programme here on Thursday. The programme was organized by the Agriculture department.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the free power supply to Agriculture sector will be continued by the government. Besides, the government was providing seed, fertilizers and agriculture instruments on subsidized rates to the farmers, she said. She also said that the Banks were giving priority to disburse crop loans and Agriculture related loans in a big way. She also said that in 2009-10 Rs 2215.57 crores, in 2010-11 Rs 1930.39 crores bank loans were extended to Agriculture and other allied sectors and during this financial year Annual credit plan was released providing Rs 3,044 crores for the purpose.
The minister said that the government was giving first priority for the welfare of farmers since long. Since two years, the district received sufficient rains for which ground water has increased up to the mark, she said, adding that the irrigation area increased to a great extent and simultaneously power consumption also increased. She said that the government was bearing additional burden on free power supply. She also informed that in coming three years, irrigation projects will be completed in the district and irrigation geographical area would be increased in large scale.
The Zilla Parishad chairman, Mr K. Damodar Reddy, said that there was a need of competition sprit among the farmers in increasing produce adopting new technology. The district Collector, Mr M. Purusotham Reddy, said that the government was providing support price to the farmer apart from providing seed, fertilizers and farm tools on subsidised rates. He also said that this year Advance Action Plan was prepared and submitted to the government to avoid problems in supply of seed and fertilizers. The government was planning to extend Bank loans to tenant farmers by organizing Grama sabhas.
The District Cooperative Bank chairman, Mr K. Veera Reddy, the Agriculture AD, Mr Vinay Chand, the Animal husbandry JD, Mr Ramachander, the Horticulture A.D, Ms Sunanda Devi, other officials and non-officials participated. (NSS)