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Cropping patterns should suit market trends, says Shinde

Staff Reporter

`Clamouring for crop variety will only create glut'



Tapping rural talent: The Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, being apprised on training schemes for rural youth by the DRDA Project Director, Smitha Sabharwal, in Cuddapah on Thursday.

CUDDAPAH: The Government is constructing irrigation projects in a big way and keen on augmenting the irrigation potential in the next two years, the Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, said on Thursday.

In his address on the `District initiatives on rural development and good governance' at Kalakshetram here, Mr. Shinde said availability of irrigation water was imperative to farmers in the agriculture-oriented nation. Three crops were grown in some districts and two in some other while some districts struggled to get even a single crop, the Governor stated. Crops should be interspersed with vegetables, he suggested.

Farmers should be motivated to change the crop pattern keeping in view the market trends, he advised. Clamouring for a crop variety would cause glut in the market and losses, he cautioned. He wanted horticulture promoted along with customary agriculture with drip irrigation to conserve water in Cuddapah district, which has rocky soils, he said.

He asked agricultural extension officers to tour villages and enlighten farmers.

Stress on training

Youth would not tread a wrong path if vocational training was imparted to them, he observed. He lauded efforts of the Collector, Jayesh Ranjan, in saving congenital heart patients' lives and that of the SP, V.C. Sajjanar, in checking women trafficking. Their spouses were also in social service activities, he lauded. Mr. Shinde's address in Hindi was translated in Telugu by the Joint Collector, Kanthilal Dande.

The Minister for Technical Education, N. Narasimha Reddy, said the district was developing with the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's initiative and the Collector's commitment.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Mr. Ranjan said the district was gaining recognition ever since Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy became Chief Minister a year ago. The district was allotted Rs. 1,350 crores so far, he said.

Plaque unveiled

Mr. Shinde earlier unveiled a plaque for a modern auditorium at Kalakshetram. He inaugurated stalls put up by DRDA/Indira Kranthi Patham, Regional Network, RYS etc. He gave away assets such as tractors, autorickshaws etc. The Zion College Correspondent, K. Rajarathnam Isaac, handed over a cheque for Rs. 30,000 to the Governor for Save a Child Heart scheme.

The Cuddapah MP, Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, MLAs, Md. Ahmedullah, K. Prabhavathamma and G.V. Prasad, the Andhra Pradesh Forest Development Corporation chairman, Shaik Hussain, the Andhra Pradesh Women Finance Corporation chairperson, P. Krishnamma, several officials and Congress leaders took part.

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