Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu assured that the state government would protect the interests of farmers at any cost in the drought affected regions. He said that the state government has initiated several measures to supply water to the farmers despite of deficit rain fall in Rayalaseema region.
Replying to a matter raised in state Assembly today under rule 344 on drought situation in the state, the Chief Minister said the state govt has initiated steps to save crops using technology. He said micro nutrients were supplied to farmers to cut cultivation cost by reducing the use of fertilisers.
The Chief Minister said the state govt introduced zero budget farming in 5 lakh acres which stands as a model for world. The United Nations also invited the state govt for a presentation on zero budget farming. He said micro irrigation has been taken up in 18,125 hectares with an expenditure of Rs 11,781.25 lakh in drought affected districts. It is proposed to encourage in 168000 hectares.
The Chief Minister said using ZEBA technology, 11735 hectares covered in 6 drought affected districts by distributing 157.27 tons of ZEBA to conserve ground moisture which will be utilised during the water stress periods. Stating that crop pattern is a problem at the hour of water crisis, the Chief Minister said linking of rivers, rainwater harvesting, water management and micro irrigation help to solve the problem.
The Chief Minister said that the state govt is able to face the present drought situation by supplying Krishna water to Rayalaseema region. He said that the Krishna delta ayacut was stabilised with the supply of Godavari water through Pattiseema lift irrigation.. He said the stabilisation of agricultural sector would result in economy stabilisation and for achieving double digit growth.