Andhra aims to enhance horticultural production

Hyderabad, Jan 19 | Updated: Jan 20 2007, 06:11am hrs
The Andhra Pradesh government has launched an ambitious programme to enhance horticultural production to 200 lakh tonne by 2011-12 from the present level of 128.42 lakh tonne. Before leaving for New Delhi on Friday, chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy reviewed the progress of the initiatives underway in the sector as part of state horticulture mission with the horticulture commissioner Anil Punetha.

The officials briefed the chief minister about the horticulture sector activities covering various varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, medicinal and aromatic plants, floriculture, mushrooms, plantation crops and oil palm. Under the mission, the number of focused districts has been increased during the last two and half years from 12 to 18 including Nellore, Chittoor, Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad and Medak. The focused crops include mango, orange, banana, pomengranate, papaya, cashew, loose flower and turmeric. Initiatives taken by the government include revival of 37 horticultural farms, 253% increase in area under oil palm cultivation, sending 50 farmers to Malaysia for training in oil palm and educating farmers on value-added horticulture products.