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Drip irrigation subsidy likely to be enhanced

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YSR asks farmers to take to vegetable growing



ALL SMILES: Congress leaders from Ibrahimpatnam mandal presenting a lamb to the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, at the Rythu Sadassu in Hyderabad on Thursday. The Ministers -- P. Sabita Indra Reddy and P. Laxmaiah-- are also seen.

HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has said that the Government is actively considering enhancing the subsidy for drip irrigation from 50 to 60 per cent to help farmers.

He has also announced a 50 per cent subsidy on farm implements and has called upon farmers to use low-cost equipment to enhance productivity.

Dr. Reddy was participating in the `Rythu Sadassu' organised by the Ranga Reddy district administration here on Thursday.

He exhorted farmers to switch over to vegetable growing as several villages in the district were close to Hyderabad.

NDDB forays

Considering the hardships faced by farmers in selling their produce in the local market, the Chief Minister said four new market yards would be set up around Hyderabad. Shops in the proposed market yards would be leased out to farmer societies so that they would purchase farm arrivals and ensure remunerative prices.

Dr. Reddy said the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) was entering the State market in a big way to procure milk, paying special attention to Telangana. He assured the people of the district that Godavari water would be supplied by May next year. The Major Irrigation Minister, Ponnala Laxmaiah, the Mines and Geology Minister, Sabita Indra Reddy, and the Animal Husbandry Minister, Gollapalli Surya Rao, were present.

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for the Rs. 4.10-crore Veterinary Sciences College building and went round the farmers' exhibition.

Earlier, some farmers from Yacharam, Ibrahimpatnam and Shamirpet mandals lamented the inaction of the officials in ensuring remunerative prices for the produce.

A farmer, Suresh Kumar Reddy, complained that tomato growers were left in lurch as they failed to get remunerative price.

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