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2018 will be natural farming year: AP CM

Vijayawada, Dec 31 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced the year 2018 as "natural farming year" and reiterated that the government's commitment to encourage organic farming in the state.
Inaugurating the training programme for the farmers on the natural farming, being organised by the farmers empowerment corporation with the association of eminent organic farming scientist and Padmasri recipient Subhash Palekar in the Bible Mission ground, near here, in Guntur district, the Chief Minister said that he had christened the year 2018 as natural farming year. He said that he was striving to make the state as natural farming state and as part of this, farmers were being trained on natural farming at the training centre, which would last till January 8, 2018.
The Chief Minister said that 8,000 farmers from Andhra Pradesh and 500 from Telangana State had attended the training programme. As many as 300 technical professions had also attended the training programme to impart training to the farmers. “Andhra Pradesh should be a hub for natural farming and farmers should take part to achieve aim. The farmers, in future, will yield benefits, if they adopt organic farming methods. Organic farming will help to reduce production cost and earn more profits” the Chief Minister said.
During 2016-17, about 40,000 farmers in 700 villages took up natural farming. The government had set a target of taking up natural farming in 1.50 lakh acres in 972 villages during 2017-18, Mr.Naidu said. “Rapid development and growth are imperative for the progress of the state. The government is working aiming to providing profits to the farmers”, the Chief Minister said.
Agriculture minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy said that in the next five years, 12.50 lakh acres would be brought into the natural farming at a cost of Rs 700 crore with the cooperation of State and Central governments, and the Azim Premjee trust agreed to extend Rs100 crore to for the purpose, he informed. Efforts are being made to sell the agriculture produce of natural farming through Rythu bazars, Chandranna village males and fair price shops.
Eminent scientist Subash Palekar said that he had motivated farmers in Vidarba to take up natural farming. Indian High Commissioner in Marshes Jagadiswar Govardhan said that organic farming is being taken up South African countries in a big way and the farmers of Andhra Pradesh should emulate them.
Women’s Commission Chairperson Nannapaneni Rajakumari, Guntur district Collector Kona Seshidar, Advisor to government Agriculture Vijay Kumar, AssemplySpeaker Kodela Shiva Prasad Rao Ministers P Pulla Rao, Nakka Ananda babu and a host of permanent persons were present.
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