Vijayawada: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked officials to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for resolving farmers' grievances in the state.

He directed the officials to use digital platforms for better awareness among farmers.

The chief minister said the cultivation of water intensive crops--paddy, sugarcane, tobacco, and subabul---using borewell water should be discouraged to save precious natural resources.

The chief minister reviewed the progress of horticulture projects and micro-irrigation schemes with the officials at the camp office on Friday.

The chief minister said that strategies should be devised in such a way that the farmers should get maximum benefits. "Rope in experts from the best agriculture and research universities across the globe to provide inputs to farmers. There is a need to make use of the best available technologies to reach out to farmers in remote areas," said Jagan.

He said that transfer of the latest seed varieties and technologies should reach the farm from the lab without much delay to help the farmers reap rich dividends. He noted that the studies should also be carried out to bring in the latest food processing technologies to the state.

The chief minister directed to amend the rules making agriculture graduates work in Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs) at least for one month after their studies. He said that agriculture assistants in RBKs should play a proactive role in helping farmers.

He asked the officials to focus on producing a fine variety of onion in the Kurnool district so that the farmers would not face trouble in selling their stock. "No tomato farmer will have to throw his stock on streets for lack of remunerative prices. Design plans to set up tomato processing units in the tomato producing districts on the fast track," Jagan said.

He asked the officials to focus on increasing the cultivation of papaya, coconut, chili, tomato, sweet orange, and banana. He asked the officials to go for reverse auctions for procurement of equipment for drip irrigation schemes.

The CM asked them to adopt transparent modes for the allocation of heavily subsidized equipment. He had also asked the officials to increase the area under sericulture.

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