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AP: The year of ‘Mosambi, lemon’

State Agriculture Minister Kursala Kannababu said the state was declaring 2021–22 as the year of ‘Mosambi and lemon with the intention of promoting lemon and ‘Mosambi cultivation and exports in the state.

He said that by promoting lemon and sugarcane cultivation in the state, farmers need to do research to double their income, employment in the villages and improve their standard of living. He reviewed the issues of horticulture cultivation, yield, exports, etc. at the Zoom Conference on Tuesday with horticultural varsity scientists and horticulture department officials.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that this year has been declared as the Year of ‘Mosambi and Lemon with the aim of promoting lemon cultivation and exports along with Andhra Cotton which is in demand nationally and internationally.

Our state accounts for 66 per cent of the ‘Mosambi yield in the country

He said that half of the area under ‘Mosambi cultivation in the country and 66 per cent of the yield belongs to our state. It is cultivated in 95,982 hectares in our state with an annual yield of 22.03 tonnes.

The state is expected to produce 7 lakh tonnes of lime in 43,000 hectares. He said there was a need to increase the acreage of ‘Mosambi and lemon cultivation in the state by making quality seeds and plants available to farmers.

Horticulturists should work in collaboration with the Department of Horticulture to make disease-free plants and seedlings available to farmers.

Products from these fruits will be researched under the auspices of Horticultural Varsity in Tirupati, Petlur and Nellore in Chittoor district.

He suggested that training and awareness programs be conducted for farmers on farmer-friendly management practices and demonstrations on integrated crop ownership in orchards through Farmers’ Guarantee Centers (RBKs).

The review was attended by Poonam Malakondaiah, Special Chief Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Dr. YSR Horticultural University Vice Chancellor Prof. Janakiram and Horticulture Commissioner Sridhar.

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