Farmer-friendly approach needs to be adopted, says AP Governor

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As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Andhra Pradesh, Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan has stressed the need of procuring various agriculture produce to help the farmers amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. At a high-level review meeting with the State officials at the Raj Bhavan, Shri Harichandan said that a farmer-friendly approach must be adopted in buying paddy and other agricultural produce. 

The state officials explained to the Governor that the state had devised an action plan to purchase over 32 lakh metric tonnes of paddy through civil supplies corporation during the Rabi season. The government has made the arrangements to purchase paddy at the agricultural fields itself and transport to godowns, they said. 

Speaking at the video conference meeting held by President Ram Nath Kovind, the Governor Shri Harichandan said officials of all departments of the state were acting in close coordination. It is worth noting that the President of India, along with the Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, held a video-conference with the Governors, Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of States/UT on 3rd April, 2020.

On Sunday, the number of coronavirus cases crossed the 200 mark in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The state government also announced deferment of salaries to its employees, including the CM, Cabinet Ministers and IAS officers.