Chandrababu Naidu meets agriculture experts in America

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, skipped Diwali celebrations to meet agriculture experts at Iowa State University Seed Park in the US.

With agriculture as the prime focus, Naidu concluded the US leg of his three-nation tour on October 20.

The newly formed Andhra Pradesh is an agrarian state where approximately 62% or 46 lakh families are dependent on agriculture and the government has initiated a slew of programmes to boost up the sector.

In the first quarter of the current fiscal, the state has clocked in a growth rate of nearly 27% in agriculture.

"We will make use of advanced technologies to turn agriculture profitable in the state. There are lot of experiments being done in farming across the globe. There is a need to study them and tune accordingly and adopt for our farmer's benefit. Through technology, we will conduct soil tests and rightly guide farmers on the crop. We saved lakhs of acres of crop by inter-linking of rivers which is

a first in the country", Naidu said.

Modernising agriculture is one of the tasks that Andhra Pradesh faces. The state government has partnered with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Economic Forum, World Food Prize and Iowa State University in adopting state-of-the-art agrarian practices.

The Chandrababu Naidu-led state government will also organise an international agriculture summit in Visakhapatnam next month, which Microsoft Founder Bill Gates is scheduled to attend.

Nidu said, "Government's primary focus is on accelerating agricultural growth, farmers' welfare is also being ensured. We are making efforts to transform Andhra Pradesh into a knowledge-based economy, with an expansion of horticulture by following efficient cropping practices. The government believes that agricultural growth is only possible by combining advanced technology with effective policies.

It is the government's aim to make Andhra Pradesh the most advanced agricultural state in the country."

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister will also visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK) before returning to India

on October 27.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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