Panchayat Raj minister KT Rama Rao said that the Palle Pragathi programme, which planned comprehensive schemes would benefit about 37 lakh poor people in the State.
In a meeting with Agriculture Minister P Srinivasa Reddy and other officials, the minister said that the programme would be implemented in 2,879 village panchayats of 150 mandals and about 77 lakh people would be covered. He explained the role of farmer cooperatives and other agriculture activities in the meeting.
Rama Rao said that the programme would brighten the lives of poor people and informed that livelihood would be provided with Rs 264 crores. He informed that farmers would be formed into groups and be trained by better cultivation methods. He informed that the programme would be divided into agriculture and non-agriculture livelihood sections.
“These organisations would take up collective farming, provide market information and make value addition to the produce,” Rama Rao said.
He informed that under agriculture livelihood section cultivation of paddy, red gram, developing poultry, rearing of goats and sheep, production of seeds, vegetables and soya been would be encouraged.
Rama Rao said that special procurement centers would be established to purchase products of these groups, along with organic farming.