Visakhapatnam : Andhra Pradesh was working towards the goal of becoming the top State in organic farming, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said here on Wednesday.
Addressing the delegates at the inaugural session of AP AgTech Summit 2017 here, he said that 160 new clusters had been identified for organic farming during the current kharif season in addition to the 131 clusters introduced last year.
“We are giving the best seeds, reduce fertilisers. We reduced fertilisers by 11 per cent during Rabi season. Ultimately, our aim is to take up organic cultivation in a big way,” he stated.
Describing the Summit as the first ever not only in India but also in many other countries, the Chief Minister said he event would enable the small and marginal farmers know how to use technology for improving their lot.
It was one of the best platforms with Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, Confederation of Indian Industries, and government of Andhra Pradesh collectively organising the event, he pointed out.
The Chief Minister who gave a detailed power-point presentation on the rapid development of the sunrise state of Andhra Pradesh, said as traditional farming was practised now, he wanted to go for innovation. “We wish to achieve inclusive economic growth in the agricultural sector and make use of technology to benefit the small and marginal farmers in the State.
The average holding size in the State is less than two hectares and 86.2 per cent of farm holdings in the State belong to small and marginal farmers. We are focusing on them,” he stated. The State Government had signed a MoU with Iowa University in the USA, the leading university in the world in agricultural research, for bringing in new technologies.
The Chief Minister said the State was aiming at food security, nutrition security as well as fodder security in the State and was getting ready to join hands with Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation for improving farming in the State.
“Bill Gates will be here on Friday and we will discuss ways and means to improve farming in the State,” he added. State Agriculture Minister S Chandramohan Reddy said that Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who triggered IT explosion in the combined state, was now talking about AT-agriculture technology to come to the aid of the small and marginal farmers.
The Chief Minister had spent Rs 1,120 crore on sprinklers and rain guns to ensure that the agriculture lands did not go dry, he recalled.
Purvi Mehta, the head of agriculture, Asia, of the Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation, Shobana Kamineni, the president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, and others spoke in the inaugural function.
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