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11 August 2011
Chief Ministerís Office
 

TO MITIGATE THE PROBLEMS FACED BY THE FARMERS, PARTICULARLY IN THE KONASEEMA AREA, THE CHIEF MINISTER MR N KIRAN KUMAR REDDY TODAY CONSTITUTED A STATE LEVEL COMMITTEE HEADED BY FORMER CHIEF SECRETARY OF THE STATE SRI. MOHAN KANDA. THE HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE WILL STUDY THE PROBLEMS OF FARMERS IN THE CROP HOLIDAY DISTRICTS/MANDALS IN THE STATE.
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Press Release 11-08-2011 HYDERABAD: To mitigate the problems faced by the farmers, particularly in the Konaseema area, the Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy today constituted a State level committee headed by former Chief Secretary of the State Sri. Mohan Kanda. The High Level Committee will study the problems of farmers in the crop holiday districts/Mandals in the State. Former Vice Chancellor of Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Dr. M.V.Rao, MLC, will be the Vice Chairman of the High Level Committee, Former Director, Institute of Rural Management, (IRMA), Anand, Gujarat, Dr.K.Pratap Reddy, Director of Research, Acharya NG Ranga Agri. University, Dr.R.Sudhakara Rao and Chief Engineer, I&CD, Godavari Delta, Dowleswaram, Sri. K.Sudhir will be the Members of the State Level Committee. Commissioner, Agriculture, Andhra Pradesh, Smt.V.Usha Rani, IAS, will be the Member-Secretary of the Committee. The terms of reference to the Committee are to identify the circumstances that led to the declaration of crop holiday by the farmers and to propose measures that led to the declaration. The Committee is directed to submit its report within 4 weeks and all relevant departments and agencies are advised to render requisite assistance when called upon by the committee. It may be recalled here that paddy farmers of 13 mandals in Konaseema of East Godavari district have decided to observe crop holiday during Khariff 2011. Long Known to be the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh, these mandals have a total cultivable area of 43,087 hectares. It may be stated here that Mr. Mohan Kanda, senior retired IAS officer who served as Chief Secretary served for many years in various capacities in Andhra Pradesh. He was also Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and served as Vice Chairman, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and is at present heading steering committee on Agriculture, Planning Commission, Government of India. It may be recalled here that farmers and various associations of farmers represented to the Chief Minister demanding an independent committee to study the problems of the farmers particularly in the Konaseema area. The State Government, it may be stated here that taken a number of initiatives to mitigate the problems of the farmers in Andhra Pradesh. The Government with its unstinted efforts got the Minimum Support Price for paddy increased from Rs.590 to Rs.1110 and input subsidy increased 4 times from Rs.1,500 to Rs.6,000 per hac. Crop loans also increased from Rs.7,903 crs to Rs.30,229 crs. The State government is already planning for creation of additional godown space for 25 lakh MTs. Majority recommendations of Prof. Jayati Ghosh and Dr.M.S.Swaminathan Committee report implemented. Paddy procurement increased from 1.5 lakh MTs to 24 lakh MTs. Rs.2,100 crs spent for paddy procurement during rabi 2,010. Foodgrain production gone up from 133 lakh MTs in 2004 to 210 lakh MTs in 2011. Free power to all 28 lakh agriculture connections from 2004. Pavalavaddi (3% interest) to farmers introduced from 2008. Seed Subsidy increased from Rs.71 crore (2004) to Rs.400 crore (2011). Fertiliser Subsidy increased from Rs.1,955 crore (2004) to Rs.10,595 crore (2011). Village as a unit Insurance Scheme implemented from 2005. Crop Loan increased from Rs.7,903 crore (2004) to Rs.30,229 crore (2010). Interest rate on crop loan decreased from 11% (2002) to 7% (2008). An amount of Rs.432 crores is provided to 7.44 lakh farmers under Farm mechanisation. Rythu Chaitanya Yatras & Rythu Sadassus conducted every year during May. -------------------