Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said Andhra Pradesh would be developed as global fruit basket. He said priority is given for Agriculture and horticulture sectors and by 2024 chemical and fertiliser free food would be produced and supplied to world by observing zero budget natural farming.
Replying to a short discussion on development of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, sericulture, dairy, fisheries and agricultural marketing in vote on account budget session, the Chief Minister said the drought prone Anantapur district earned a revenue of Rs 14,700 cr through horticulture followed by Chittoor with 13000 cr, Kurnool 11,300 cr. He said AP stands number one in the country with 11 per cent growth rate in agricultural sector against 2.4 per cent growth rate at national level.
The Chief Minister said that though the central government failed to protect the interests of farmers by increasing MSP, the state government came forward to help the farmers in a big way. He said that farmers debt redemption scheme costing Rs 24,000 cr implemented despite of financial crisis. He expressed surprise over central government allotting Rs 6000 per annum to a farmer having five acres of land. He said the central government imposed a cut of 20 per cent in MSP.
The Chief Minister said that the state government won several awards including global acclaim for zero budget natural farming. He said while AP stands at number one position in the world by achieving 8 per cent growth rate in ZBNF. He said the natural farming is extended to 7.5 lakh acres at present and cent per cent natural farming would be achieved by 2024. He said that the state government also allotted 19,070 cr to protect the interests of tenant farmers. He said that the state government introduced a new scheme called Annadatha Sukhibhava to give economic support to farmers and proposed to allot Rs 5000 cr for the scheme during 2019-20.
The Chief Minister said by giving priority to agricultural sector, the state government allotted Rs 81,554 cr for agriculture and farmer welfare over the last four and half years. As a result AP has emerged as one of the best states in agricultural production.