Hyderabad, Jan. 11
THE Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has directed the Commissioner of Horticulture, Mr Anil Punetha, to come out with a roadmap projecting month-wise targets for the next three months with regard to the implementation of the Rs 1200-crore Andhra Pradesh Micro Irrigation Project (APMIP).
The Chief Minister, who reviewed the execution of APMIP on Monday, had expressed dissatisfaction over the slow progress of the project. He wanted to know "what is coming in the way of achieving the targets" when the bankers and micro irrigation companies were extending cooperation in project implementation.
According to an official press release, Dr Reddy also asked the Agriculture Minister, Mr N. Raghuveera Reddy, to impress upon the District Collectors about the need to achieve the targets before the end of the current fiscal. He also wanted involvement of reputed agencies in monitoring and evaluating the micro irrigation systems being deployed in the State.
Meanwhile, the State Government has agreed to hike the prices of certain micro irrigation components by up to 20 per cent as per the agreement entered with the companies when the APMIP was launched in the State on November 3, 2003.
The APMIP was designed to be implemented in 879 mandals of 22 districts covering 2.5 hectares of land. In the current fiscal, it was targeted to cover one-lakh hectares. A subsidy of 50 per cent of the total cost of the system, with a ceiling of Rs 50,000 per family, was being extended to eligible farmers under the project.