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AP Govt to take up mesta price issue with Textile Ministry

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FOLLOWING problems of marketing of mesta in parts of the State, particularly in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts, the Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Department plans to take up the matter with the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

This move is aimed at ensuring that the farmers secure remunerative prices with offtake being reportedly poor. With the intervention of the Union Textiles Ministry, the State Government expects the price situation to improve.

A decision to this effect was taken by the State Cabinet here recently.

Further, the Government has planned to communicate to farmers a series of initiatives required for the rabi season.

Under this, farm scientists have advocated not to take up crop sowings of sunflower under rain-fed conditions lately.

Due to falling moisture consequent to receding monsoon, experts have advised crop of bengal gram in black soils.

Taking advantage of the recent rains, arrangements have been made for the supply of bengal gram and sunflower seeds for taking up sowings in black soil regions of the State.

Black gram seed is also being supplied in the coastal districts to cover unsown areas in the command area and uplands as well.

The Government maintained that the recent rains helped standing crops of paddy, cotton and red gram and the yields may improve marginally compared to earlier projections.

Despite this, the Government had forecast significant drop in overall foodgrains production this kharif season due to the failure of monsoon.

Following contingency plan, the administration has been directed to procure and supply various seeds as per the plan based on the cropping pattern and requirements in the region.

The demand for seeds had spurted following scattered rains across the State.

The Agriculture Department had requisitioned additional stocks of seeds of sunflower, black gram and green gram.

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