- CM seeks central govt share in dry spell mitigation programme to protect crops
- Govt adopts innovative and best practices to save crops in Rayalaseema
Vijayawada, August 30:The Andhra Pradesh Govt has adopted a novel idea under dry spell mitigation programme to save the standing crops in Rayalaseema region. Instead of seeking drought relief funds from central govt, the government has been making efforts to save the crops using the services of students.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu appealed students to come forwards to operate rain guns in drought prone areas to provide one wetting to save standing crops. He said 13,334 rains guns will be used to protect the crops. In addition tankers and fire tenders were also pressed into service under dry spell mitigation programme. He said another 15,000 rain guns will be reaching the state from Maharashtra by tomorrow.
Speaking to media persons in Vijayawada on Tuesday, the CM said the central government should come forward to share the responsibility to protect the interests of farmers who are caught under debt trap with the prevailing drought conditions.
The CM said with the initiative of state government the ground water table increased by 2.5 metres which comes around 230 tmc due to farm ponds. He said digging of 64000 farm ponds completed and another 3.5 lakh farm ponds are under progress.
He said of the six lakh hectares in drought hit Anantapur district, the government is trying to provide water for one wetting using rain guns and sprinklers and other available water sources to save standing crops.
The CM said 21 IAS officers, 80 Group I officers and 1200 MPDOs were pressed into service to continuously monitor the situation and to protect the crops.
He said that the government has been using best and innovative practices to protect the crops. He said that the bankers and insurance companies also should come forward to extend an helping hand to farmers at the time of crisis. He said that the government would bear 80 per cent of cost for protecting the crops and the farmers have to bear 20 per cent of cost.
The Chief Minister said that he is proceeding to Anantapur tonight and camp there for three days to monitor the situation from control room. He said that the government is planning to conduct a study to protect the farmers during drought conditions. He sought geo tagging of crops to monitor the condition of crops.
Issued by: Commissioner, I&PR, AP Govt.