AP Govt to implement Swaminathan Commission recommendations

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Hyderabad, Mar 3 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Agricultural Minister N Raghuveera Reddy today said the state government was committed to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission on farmers' problems.

Making a statement in the Council on the notice given by CPI member P Nageswara Rao under Rule 311, he said after assuming charge in May 2004, the UPA government initiated several steps to address the distressed farmers, as well as revival of the agricultural growth.

Mr Rao said the Union government had increased credit to farmers from Rs 80,000 crore to Rs 2,80,00 crore and reduced the crop loan interest to seven per cent.

The Minister said Debt Relief scheme also covered loans restructured in 2004 and 2006 through special package. The relief would benefit about 45 lakh farmers in the state, he added.

He said the government had implemented some of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission with a view to help the farmers.

The Minister said assistance was being extended to farmers through subsidised input supply, technology, extension, credit and insurance, among others, with manifold increase in the Budget.

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