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Multi-purpose facility centres to be built at Rs 10,235cr

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Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday said the state government will set up multi-purpose facility centres, Rythu Bharosa Kendras, that would include agricultural marketing and food processing centres with an estimated budget of Rs 10,235 crore. During a review meeting on Dr YSR RBKs, Agricultural Marketing, Food Processing and Amul project here, the Chief Minister said the construction of multi-purpose facility centres should start in March 2021 and would be completed within a year.

The facilities include warehouses, drying platform, collection centres, cold rooms for storage, custom hiring centres, primary processing centres, assaying equipment, janata bazaars, bulk milk cooling units, cattle sheds and aqua infra in select villages, procurement centres and e-marketing. The Chief Minister said that it was very important to provide quality inputs to farmers on time. He said that farmers should be informed when seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, and the like will be delivered as soon as they are ordered and it should be displayed in RBKs as well.

Jagan said quality aqua feed and aqua seed should be provided through RBKs. The labs to be established at constituency level to determine the quality of feed and seeds should be linked with RBKs. The products of organic and natural farming methods should be brought under RBKs and they should be well publicised. Manufacturing units of biopesticides and biofertilisers should be encouraged at village level.

He said that “From Seed to Sale” should be the motto of RBKs and they should support farmers in all activities ranging form sowing seeds to selling the crop. He said agriculture universities should prepare an action plan for the effective functioning of RBKs and also on the activities of RBKs to be categorised and a curriculum should be prepared on marketing, before harvest and after harvest of the crop.

Officials informed the Chief Minister that an additional 125 Urban RBKs would be set up along with 10,641 RBKs and the vehicles count in RBK hubs has been increased to 154 from existing 65. They said 147 constituency level integrated labs will start functioning from March 31and added that 13 district level integrated agri labs will be set up by June 30.

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