27-12-201827-12-2018 12:17:38 IST
2018-12-27T06:47:38.366Z27-12-2018 2018-12-27T06:47:34.659Z - - 08-04-2020
Agriculture and associated sectors in Andhra Pradesh have registered a 11% average growth rate for the past four and half years against 2.4% growth at all India level, despite deficit rainfall.
Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu released a white paper in Amaravati on agricultural growth in the past four and half years. Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said, “AP government gave top priority for agriculture growth in the past five years by spending Rs 82,000 crore.” He referred to the comments of MS Swaminathan on agriculture in United Nations Organisation and stated that the State faced severe crisis in agricultural sector during 2014 and Anantapur district experienced drought conditions for the last two decades.
Naidu said, “103.35 lakh soil health cards were distributed covering 68 lakh farm holdings in the past four and half years. About 1.80 lakh MTs of micronutrients supplied to farmers with 100% subsidy and 4095 MPEOs were appointed for the benefit of farmers.” He added, “Despite non-cooperation from the Centre, our government had been implementing farm loan waiver scheme and paid Rs 15,147 crore to 58.29 lakh farmers with interest.”
In regard with Horticulture, Naidu said, “AP is in first position in production of chillies, cocoa, lime, oil palm, papaya, coconut and tomato and second position in production of cashew, mango, turmeric and sweet orange.” He further added, “AP is in first position in aquaculture area, first in Inland fish production, fourth in marine fish production and contributes 22% of total fish production and 65% of shrimp production in India.”
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