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Plans to promote organic farming in a big way

The huge-sized VNR -Bihi type of guavas from Chhattisgarh draw attention of visitors at the ‘Agri and Dairy Tech Andhra – 2016’ international exhibition and conference on agricultural and dairy farming, in Vijayawada on Thursday. —PHOTO: V. RAJU
The huge-sized VNR -Bihi type of guavas from Chhattisgarh draw attention of visitors at the ‘Agri and Dairy Tech Andhra – 2016’ international exhibition and conference on agricultural and dairy farming, in Vijayawada on Thursday
The Andhra Pradesh government is going to promote organic farming to make agriculture more profitable, Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pulla Rao has said.

The Minister inaugurated the three-day ‘Agri & Dairy Tech Andhra 2016’, an international exhibition and conference on Agriculture and Diary Farming at the A Convention Centre here on Thursday.

The Minister urged farmers to benefit from the interaction with scientists and experts to benefit from advances in technology. He said farmers should use technology to make agriculture and dairy more cost-effective and therefore more cost-effective.

Organiser of the three-day exhibition-cum-conference Kenes Exhibition general manager Prema Zilberman said the meet was an opportunity to international and domestic stake-holders of every segment of agriculture, dairy and allied activities to expand and diversify their business in India.

She said farmers would be trained and given access to integrated solutions to improve productivity and simplify farming at the three-day technology and trade fair.

Agri-service providers would be offered an opportunity to showcase and market their products, techniques and technologies to delegates.

With Andhra Pradesh government taking an initiative to promote agriculture, food processing and the dairy sector, Kenes came forward to organise the conference, she said.

Professors of Animal Husbandry E. Raghava Rao, V. Vaikunta Rao, professor of Dairy farming G. Venkateswarlu, organic farmers M.C.V. Prasad , B. Eswar and P. Malakondaiah were on the dais.

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