On September 28, 2020 Andhra Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy launched YSR Jala Kala Scheme for small and marginal Farmers. Under the scheme, the State Government will drill borewells in arid, and uplands in the state with an expenditure of Rs. 2, 340 Crore over a period of four-years.
Under the scheme, borewells will be drilled free of cost for needy farmers and the state government will provide free motors to small and marginal farmers.
The Scheme is being introduced to benefit upland farmers, who are dependent on Rains.
i.The scheme is estimated to benefit around 4.1 lakh small and 1.77 lakh marginal farmers.
ii.It will bring around 5 Lakh acres under cultivation through groundwater irrigation.
iii.More than three lakh borewells will be drilled in 144 rural assembly constituencies and 19 semi-urban assembly. The borewells will be drilled after the feasibility report by hydro-geological and geo-physical surveys.
iv.The free motors will be provided at a cost of Rs 1, 600 crore on the State Government. The bore wells will be geo-tagged and social audit will be conducted to ensure transparency.
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Rhythu Bharosa Kendras:
i.The Scheme was introduced to make Farming profitable, the government will support farmers from the stage of sowing to marketing their produce.
ii.It will provide investment subsidy, interest-free loan, technology transfer through Rythu Bharosa Kendras.
iii.Under the Rythu Bharosa scheme, the government will provide Rs. 13. 500 annually to farmers.
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About Andhra Pradesh:
Ports – Visakhapatnam Port, Krishnapatnam Port
River – Gautami Godavari, Godavari, Krishna River, Palar, Pennar, Tungabhadra