Agriculture and allied sectors get ₹19,070 crore in budget
Agriculture and allied departments of Andhra Pradesh got an outlay of ₹19,070.36 crore in the 2018-19 budget. Of the total outlay, ₹18,602.98 crore has been earmarked for revenue expenditure and the balance ₹467.38 crore for capital expenditure.
The allocation for Agriculture Department has been pegged at ₹7,607.49 crore, including ₹4,100 crore towards the fourth instalment of redemption of farmers’ debt, ₹485 crore for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, ₹220 crore for subsidy on seeds and ₹100 crore for the establishment of a mega seed park in Kurnool district. Delivering the budget speech, Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy said a ₹258.16 crore has been allocated for farm mechanisation, which is one of the government’s top priorities. The budget provided ₹172 crore for interest-free loans.
The government allocated ₹1,152 crore to the Horticulture Department for the micro-irrigation scheme under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchay Yojana.
Besides, an outlay of ₹149.19 crore has been proposed for the implementation of Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture. Oil palm area expansion under the National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm mini mission-II was allocated ₹61.01 crore and sericulture got ₹175.12 crore.
The Animal Husbandry Department has been allocated ₹1,223.40 crore, including ₹482.04 crore for strengthening the livestock sector under the State plan and ₹68.93 crore for implementation of National Livestock Health and Disease Control Program, National Livestock Management Program and National Plan for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development.
Fisheries got an allocation of ₹386 crore, Cooperation Department ₹208.11 crore and ₹2500 crore towards revenue expenditure on supplying power free of cost, Agriculture Demand Side Management (AgDSM) and other schemes.
Another major allocation is ₹3,980 crore for agriculture and allied activities under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. It is targeted to generate an income of ₹10,000 to rural households by taking various activities by converging MGNREGS with Agriculture Department schemes.[“Source-thehindu”]