Hyderabad: ‘Horticulture Alert System,’ an innovative handle for the benefit of the farmers has been launched by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday.
This system allows the farmers to send SMS messages to the officials concerned in times of crisis or need.
Speaking to media persons at the Secretariat after a two-hour long review meeting with the Chief Minister, Minister for Horticulture Ramreddy Venkat Reddy said that the SMS messages would alert the authorities sitting in the head quarters.
While reviewing the functioning of the horticulture, floriculture and on other allied subjects the Chief Minister has issued instructions to the effect that the farmers engaged in raising the above crops be given adequate leverage/ handle to protect their crops from pests, insects etc for deriving maximum crops.
This apart, the farmers would also be given timely indications about the possible floods or cyclones to be in preparedness to avoid losses.
On some occasions, gales destroyed the fruit gardens etc to the detriment of the poor farmers whose investments did not result in good returns, it was pointed out.
Subjects like good practices in agriculture, urban horticulture, water supply through bore-wells and pump sets for palm oil cultivation, semi permanent sprinkler system, micro irrigation among others have been introduced which were brought to the notice of the Chief Minister by the officers concerned.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy is understood to have written a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar for enhancing the funds for raising more fruit gardens, palm oil cultivation in Andhra Pradesh. The state government was also planning to match the demand and supply of palmolein which was in short supply and the imports made good the deficiency. However, the imports resulted in huge losses on the Foreign Exchange front, the Minister pointed out.
The Chief Minister is understood to have directed the officials to concentrate on palm oil cultivation as the centre is likely to extend more aid shortly.
He asked the officials concerned to clear completely the 2009-2010 arrears due to micro irrigation sector amounting to Rs 59 crore in stages.
Instructions have also been issued to the officials to provide cold storage facilities to the farmers who were raising vegetables in Ranga Reddy, Mahabubnagar and Medak districts.
These vegetable stocks are intended for supply to the twin cities.
The officials were told to help improve the technology for better storage of vegetables like tomato for over a week so that the farmers received full benefits out of it.(INN)