Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced fifty per cent reservation for women in the Market Chairpersons posts and said that a committee would look into the losses in district co-operative banks and a study by the prestigious organization on strengthening these banks.

The State Government has decided to provide half of the Market Chairman posts, committee posts to women by the end of October. Already, the government has issued a GO and based on that, 50 per cent reservation has been allotted to SC, ST, and OBCs.

‘They should be able to decide the prices during the cultivation of crops,’ said YS Jagan in the discussion with officials at a review meeting on agricultural marketing and cooperative departments. They have also discussed the prices of Lentils, Mung, Bengal gram, Tomato, cotton crops in the future. ‘Framers should strongly believe that we have given hope,’ said Chief Minister ‘farmers should not forcefully sell the crops to middlemen.’

The Chief Minister has directed the officials to do away with middlemen system. He also ordered to establish a board for millets by the end of October. Government is planning to announce a price for the crops that have no minimum support price.

The government will start purchasing dryland crops on October 15. The officials have asked the farmers to start for online enrolment from October 10.

“Rayalaseema should be transformed as Millets hub,” said the Chief Minister and asked the officials to keep green cover for nine months. The millets board experts should be given utmost priority. Agriculture practices, marketing, and processing should be under the control of the board. The board should be set up by the end of October.

Amidst the onion crisis in the country, Andhra Pradesh supports its citizens by selling onions for Rs 25 per kilogram. Chief Minister has enquired about the stock of onions in the state. So far, 660m metric tones of onions have been imported from other states. “By this. we have regulated Rs. 32 per kg of onions,” said officials in the review meeting. The officials mentioned that they have rescued tomato farmers after checking the marketing availability in Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu.

The Chief Minister has asked the officials to conduct a comprehensive observation on storage of agro-products, fishes, prawns, and other ocean products in godowns and cold storage.

He ordered for a committee to work on losses in district co-operative banks and asked to re-organize it for strengthening the system. He also asked to digitalize the primary agriculture co-operative committees. YS Jagan instructed the officials to complete all the works in the specified deadline.

The meeting was attended by Ministers Kanna Babu and Mopidevi Venkatramana and other concerned officials.

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