VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh will soon have an organic farming policy to defend and promote it more widely throughout the state, Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu said. He said that on the instructions of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the policy is written in a way that would benefit farmers and the people.
The minister, who on Monday held a meeting with farmers, POs, NGOs, officials and agricultural scientists on organic and natural agriculture, said the main objective is to ensure that the The farmer’s income is doubled and at the same time ensuring that the agricultural products are healthy without harmful residues. During the meeting, Kannababu gathered the opinions of farmers and others. He said that, according to the chief minister’s instructions, 5,000 community employment centers (CSC), where agricultural machinery and tools will be rented at economical prices, are being set up in two phases.
He also highlighted the need to educate farmers on adopting organic and natural agriculture through Polam Badi programs. âWe have to make sure that production and productivity are not affected. The use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers can be gradually reduced, âhe said.
Participants made several suggestions on certification, training, distribution of agricultural tools, marketing of organic agricultural products and other related issues. State Natural Agriculture Officer T Vijya Kumar, Special Chief Secretary Poonam Malakondaiah, Agriculture Commissioner Arun Kumar and Horticultural Commissioner Sridhar were in attendance.