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Agriculture Department

About Department

The Department of Agriculture has been created mainly to provide Agricultural Extension services to farmers and to transfer the latest technical knowledge to the farming community, introduction of high yielding varieties, laying demonstrations, imparting training to farmers to improve skills & knowledge to boost up the agricultural Production and productivity.

In the process of making the mission a reality, the department is adopting following strategies:

  1. Sustained and coordinated efforts” for facilitating a second green revolution and device strategies for optimum use of natural resources to create new avenues in Agriculture for livelihood and strengthen the rural areas. Government site-specific system to ensure that at least a part of the fallow lands are brought under cultivation by increasing irrigation sources. New seed technology and post harvest technology are need to be addressed.
    Involvement of marginal and small farmers in crop diversification and food security are the important aspects to be addressed in accelerating crop diversification in the State.
  2. Credit provides necessary liquidity and insurance provides command over resource to the farming community.
  3. Provision of banking facilities in un-banked and under banked areas, financial inclusion, SHG bank-linkage programme, financing rural godowns and agricultural Infrastructure are the thrust areas.
  4. Re-engineering extension approach for effective extension reach
  5. Empowering the farmer with advance agricultural practices
  6. Capacity enhancement of Departmental Staff for an efficient extension of technology.
  7. Ensuring timely input supply.
  8. Regulation of inputs and quality control.
  9. Soil test based fertilizer recommendation
  10. Promotion of self- reliance in seed production among farmers.
  11. Promotion of Integrated Crop Management through INM, IPM, efficient water management, etc.
  12. Promotion of organic farming to meet the demand of World Market.
  13. Correcting Micronutrient Zinc deficiency
  14. Reclamation of Problematic soils to restore the productivity.
  15. Natural Resource Management through watershed approach for agricultural land development and environmental stability
  16. Calamity Management in the event of drought, floods, hailstorms etc.
  17. Promoting cultivation of low risk and low cost intensive crops.
  18. Farm Mechanization for item and cost effective farming practices.
  19. Promoting Farmers Organization (Rythu Mithra Groups) for technical and monitory benefits in Agriculture and allied activities.
  20. Facilitate the farmer to avail Agriculture Credit.

The Infrastructure:

The Departments has a strong chain of human resources consisting of more than 4000 extension staff of field and supervisory cadre. The staff is periodically oriented with the advance technology emerging from time to time by re-engineering through trainings, workshops, interactions etc., in addition, the department supports a number of Farmers Training Centers, laboratories, Farmers Field Schools etc., to equip the farmer with necessary deal and knowledge for successful agriculture

The Allied Departments:

The research support to the Department is endowed by the State Agriculture University and the National and International Institutes. The input support is solicited through various autonomous bodies like APSSDC, APAIDC, APMARKFED, APOILFED, HACA etc., The other eco-coordinating Departments are Horticulture, Sericulture, Fisheries,Animal Husbandry, Irrigation, Forests, Rain ShadowArea Development and Power.Financial support is rendered by NABARD and other Banks, not only to land owning farmers but also to tenant farmers.

Staff Pattern

District level:

At the District level the Department is headed by Joint Director of Agriculture and assisted by DDAs ADAs and AOs at District, Division and Mandal levels.

Agriculture Division level:

The Divisional ADA is the head of the Agriculture division and assisted by the agricultural officers at the mandal level. There are 12 divisions in the District

Mandal Level:

In all the 34 Rural and Urban mandals of the district , atleast one Agriculture Officer is working in each mandal. These AOs are assisted by few Agricultural Extension Officers in the field work.

Schemes

Scheme

Objective

NFSM-Paddy The main objective of NFSM is to increase production of rice, pulses ,Mesta & Cotton through area expansion and productivity enhancement insustainable manner in identified districts of the country; restoring soil fertility and productivity at individual farm level; Under this scheme organised and conducted demos.
NFSM-Pulses
MESTA
COTTON
CRKs The objective of Chandranna Rythu Kshetram is the new On Farm Demonstration programme implemented in the farmers field it self to promote best agronomic and farm management practices for achieving increase in productivity and reducing cost of cultivation. Rs.50,000/- worth of inputs supplied to beneficaries.
NMOOP NATIONAL MISSION ON OILSEEDS (NMOOP). NMOOP envisages increase in production of vegetable oils sourced from Oil seeds.To increasing production and productivity of oilseeds crops and oil palm through bringing in fallow areas under oilseed crops and diversification of area from low yielding cereals. It aims to achieve the required target by addressing major constraints to crop productivity through promotion of relevant technological interventions.
SVP The Seed Village scheme ensures supply of quality certified seed of notified varieties to the farmers in time at their places at affordable prices besides ensuring quick multiplication of new seed varieties in a shorter time in that mandal /district based on the crop situation.
Polambadi The basic objective of programme is to promote an eco-friendly environment including usage of Bio-agents and Bio-pesticides for controlling pest which in turn reduce the cost of cultivation and improve the field knowledge of the farmers . The Main principles of Polambadi are : 1.Grow a healthy crop, 2.Conserve natural enemies, 3.Conduct regular (weekly) field observations, 4.Farmers understand ecology as expert in their own field.
Polampilustundi The objective of Polam Pilusthondi programme is to disseminate the agricultural and allied department technologies to the door steps of the farmers. Agricultural and allied departmental officers along with the scientist will visit the villages (two villages per day) on every Tuesday and Wednesday and explain about the ongoing schemes and measures through wide publicity in local print and electronic media to take up to improve the crop yields.
INM To improve quality and quantity of yields by rectifying the deficiency in soils.
Soil health Cards (SHCs)
  • To provide a basis to address nutrient deficiencies in fertilization practices.
  • To strengthen functioning of Soil Testing Laboratories (STLs) through capacity building.
  • To diagnose soil fertility related constraints with standardized procedures.
  • To develop and promote soil test based nutrient management.
  • Dissemination of soil testing results through SMSs will be enabled
ZBNF ZERO BUDGET NATURAL FARMMING (ZBNF).

  • To reduce excess usage of chemicals pesticides & fertilizers.Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) is a farming practice that believes in natural growth of crops without adding any fertilizers and pesticides or any other foreign elements.
  • The word Zero Budget refers to the zero net cost of production of all crops (inter crops, border crops, multi crops).
  • The inputs used for seed treatments and other inoculations are locally available in the form of cow dung and cow urine.
  • A ZBNF practicisng farmer has lower cost of inputs and thus has better capacity to increase the incomes. At the same time, ZBNF crops helps in retaining soil fertiliting and is climate change resilient.
FARM MECHANISATION (SMAM, SDP, RKVY) Reduces the cost of cultivation, hepls in timely operations particulary at the peak time of agricultural operations, reduces farmer drudgery and also helps in increases yields.
Important Contacts
Official Designation Email ID Contact Number
Joint Director, Agriculture  jdavzm16[at]gmail[dot]com  8886612636
Dy. Director Agriculture jdavzm16[at]gmail[dot]com  8886612639
Dy. Director Agriculture jdavzm16[at]gmail[dot]com  8886613733

For More Information on Department visit Official Web site of Agriculture Department
http://www.apagrisnet.gov.in