3rd August 2018, Hyderabad
In view of the low rainfall and its poor distribution in some parts of Andhra Pradesh, an interface meeting was organized by ICAR-Central Research Institute of Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad, Department of Agriculture, Andhra Pradesh and Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University. The aim of the meeting was to review and develop midcourse action plans for Rayalaseema (Anantapuramu, Kurnool, Kadapa and Chittoor), Prakasham, Nellore and Guntur districts.
Sri D. Muralidhar Reddy, Special Commissioner, Department of Agriculture emphasized that the department should gear up to rescue the crops in the field, plans to cover unsown area and preparation of documents for early drought declaration procedures.
Dr. NDRK Sharma, Consultant, Department of Agriculture, highlighted the implementation of agriculture contingency plans during past years and urged the officers to prioritize the interventions based on the uptake of preferred technology options by the farmers.
Kadapa being the worst affected district, JDA, Kadapa and ANGRAU scientist from Kadapa presented current scenario and their preparedness. In Kadapa, the departure has been about 60% and almost all the mandals were either deficit or severely deficit. The JDA informed that they have positioned alternative crops seeds and standing crop is already protected by irrigation facility.
In Anantapur and Prakasham districts, the standing crop needed drought management strategies and also alternative crop planning to cover unsown area which is more than 60%.
The JDA from Nellore district informed that the farmers needed less attention at this stage as the crop area in kharif is meagre. However, alternative corps are being promoted in unsown areas. In majority of the districts, the situation was not encouraging and considering the poor rainfall forecast for August and September 2018, it was time again emphasized that the Department officials along with ANGRAU scientists should closely monitor the situation and intervene as and when needed.
The participants included Director of Research, ANGRAU, Special Commissioner of Agriculture, A.P., Joint Collector, Kadapa, Senior scientists from ANGRAU, JDAs, ADAs, Scientists from KVKs and farmer representatives.
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute of Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad,)