Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will inaugurate Eruvaka Purnima programme at Ravikantipet village of Srikakulam district on Thursday. District-level committees have been formed for organise Eruvaka Purnima under the chairmanship of district Collectors with Joint Director of Agriculture as the convener. Eruvaka festival is celebrated by farmers of coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh. It marks the beginning of agricultural operations with the onset of southwest monsoon.
Ministers, MPs, MLAs and other public representatives will be invited to the Eruvaka Purnima. Cultural programmes will be followed by ploughing. Agriculture Department officials will make arrangements for agriculture exhibition, distribution of soil health cards and soil test-based fertilizer application, correction of micro nutrient deficiency and help the farmers in other farm-based programmes.
Allied departments like Animal Husbandry, Sericulture, Horticulture, Fisheries, AP Seeds, APAGROS, APMIP also arrange stalls at the venue on departmental activities and achievements. Live demonstrations on seed treatment, farm implements, soil sampling, precautions regarding handling of pesticides will be displayed.
After inaugurating Eruvaka programme, a Grama Sabha will be conducted. Scientists will explain best practices in crop cultivation. Meanwhile in Krishna delta, farmers are pinning hopes on Godavari water release from Pattiseema through Polavaram right main canal. So far, 18,741 cusecs of water has reached Krishna river at Pavitra Sangamam upstream of Prakasam barrage. Officials are releasing around 3,265 cusecs of water from Pattiseema daily as the Godavari inflow stands at 14,738 cusecs. Minister for Agriculture Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy said that the State government had been providing necessary help to farmers.
The technical knowhow would be provided to the farmer to take up cultivation based on weather, soil conditions. Quality seeds would be supplied. He said the cultivation would be taken up based on market trends by giving up traditional cropping pattern to prevent losses. The Chief Minister was keen on helping farmers to take up modern and best farming practices, he stated.