NELLORE: Disclosing the steps being initiated by the TDP government for the development of agriculture sector in the state, major irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao has reiterated that the government is committed to improving the living standards of the farming community, despite the financial hurdles it is facing.
Releasing water to 5,000 acres of lemon gardens through lift irrigation scheme near Kandeleru Reservoir in Rapur mandal of the district here Saturday, the minister said that the government was taking measures to supply water to 1 crore acres in the state, even as water was already being supplied to 8.50 lakh acres despite severe dry spell conditions prevailing in the district this Kharif season.
The government was planning to supply 8,500 cusecs of surplus waters to Rayalaseema districts for cultivation through Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme by releasing water to Prakasam Barrage, Handri-Neeva, Galeru-Nagari and Srisailam reservoirs, in the interest of farmers. It was also contemplating supplying water to 5,000 acres of land in Gurivindapudi, Imedepalle in Manubolu mandal, as the forest department already gave clearance for development of canals, he informed.
Responding to the plea of senior TDP leader S Chandra Mohan Reddy over supplying more water to agricultural operations in Sarvepalli constituency, the minister assured that government will ensure Bandepalle canal development.