Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu launched a celebration of sorts across the state by personally taking up the traditional puja of the plough and oxen before the beginning of the farming season (Yeruvaka) across the state.
He flagged off the Yeruvaka programme from Chittavaram in West Godavari district and apprised the farmers the benefits of taking up scientific farming processes to increase production and adapt organic farming. He urged the farmers to use less of chemical fertilizers, which he said has reduced by 7% this year and the target he hopes the farmers will achieve by next year and reduce the use of fertilizers by 15%. He said the farmers have to use compost, and micronutrients for better results. He later took part in ploughing the land.
While the initiative has received much flak from the opposition parties who raised a relevant issue of how the farmers need more concrete solutions than festivities, yet the progamme comes across as a reiteration that Babu known for his hitech ideas is also going to focus on agriculture which is indeed the main stay for the rice bowl of India.
Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad did pooja and ploughed the fields in Siripuram, Guntur. Minister Ghanta participated in the programme at his constituency – Bhimili. Ayyannapatrudu ploughed the lands at Machilipatnam. AP Ministers were seen enthusiastically participating in Yeruvaka across the state.