Hyderabad: The YSR Congress party government in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday launched a scheme to make tractors and combine harvesters available to groups of farmers at a subsidized cost in customized employment centers set up in the whole state.
The program – called YSR Yantra Seva – was started by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in Chuttugunta village in Guntur district. He reported up to 3,800 tractors and 320 combines lined up at the event.
Taking the driver’s seat of a tractor, the chief minister, wearing a green scarf, drove amid cheers from the gathering at the event. Some farmers, led by Agriculture Mission Vice President, MVS Nagi Reddy, also joined Jagan on the tractor ride.
As part of the program, the Chief Minister also credited ₹175 crores into the accounts of 5,260 farmers through the direct transfer of benefits under the Rythu Bharosa scheme.
Emphasizing his government’s commitment to the welfare of farmers, Andhra CM said as many as 10,750 Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs or Farmer Support Centers) had been set up across the state to help farmers in various fields, including the sale of seeds and the supply of agricultural equipment such as tractors and harvesters.
He said each of the 10,750 RBK Centers will have a YSR Yantra Seva Center (Personalised Recruitment Center). The total cost of the scheme is ₹2,016 crores. The government will bear 40% of the cost of the machines as a subsidy and arrange loans to farmer groups for 50% of the cost and the remaining 10% can be paid by the farmer groups,” he said. declared.
Farmers can buy any tractor they want from 175 models and the government will pay the subsidy. “Individual farmers can take the tractors and harvesting machines from these YSR Yantra Seva centers at affordable rates, which will help reduce the cost of inputs,” Jagan said.
Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Jindal waste-to-energy plant in Kondaveedu, Palnadu district and unveiled the pylon installed in the plant.
Interior Minister Thaneti Vanita, Energy Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Irrigation Minister Ambati Rambabu and other officials attended the event.