The IMCT team led by Neeraja Adidam, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, BK Srivastava, Director, Directorate of Oil Seeds Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Ajay Kumar, Department of Water supply and Sanitation, Amitav Chakravarthy, Asst. Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Mukesh Kumar, Dept Director, Ministry of Finance, Victor Amalraj, DGM, Food Corporation of India, Rajeev Singhal, Director, Central Water Commission, Karan Chowdhary, Asst Director, Mahalanobis National Crop Forecasting Centre and Sandeep Sarma, Department of Rural Development met the Chief Minister at Secretariat today.
Interacting with them, the Chief Minister said deficient rainfall in the State since last few years has led to dry spells in many regions like Rayalaseema, despite government's efforts and water management techniques like drip and micro-irrigation. He stressed upon the need for bringing stability in agricultural income and growth.
The State officials submitted a report to IMCT team stating that AP has been facing drought for seven consecutive years. The average rainfall received during Kharif season 2018-19 stands at 456.6 mm against the normal rainfall of 556.0 mm in 522 mandals. Based on the ground-truthing, AP government declared 347 mandals drought-prone, in 9 districts.
Over 16.52 Lac small and marginal farmers were affected by a dry spell during Kharif season and crops were damaged in 13.60 Lac ha. A memorandum requesting additional financial assistance of Rs. 1,401.54 Cr was submitted. An appeal for the fulfillment of the department-wise requirement of funds was made including agriculture input subsidy of Rs. 979.83 Cr, Rs. 1.85 Cr for the horticulture sector, Rs. 124.58 Cr for rural water supply and sanitation, Rs. 133.21 Cr for urban water supply and Rs. 162.06 Cr for the animal husbandry sector.
“Government of India should provide financial assistance to farmers by relaxing norms of fodder supply, in response to the reported ground-level problems,” said CM.
The IMCT team responded positively and said that a report will be submitted to the central government within a week.