Andhra CM Naidu pledges to promote horticulture and micro-irrigation systems in state

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu while attending the 'Rally for Rivers' programme with Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev on Wednesday pledged to promote and use maximum land available in the state for horticulture and micro irrigation systems.

"I believe that out of 2 crore acres of land in Andhra Pradesh, half should be for horticulture; another half should use micro-irrigation systems," Naidu said.

"As the mother gives birth to a baby, the river gives life to us. Our ancestors respected rivers with Pushkarams (Kumbh Mela) and our Government is taking that tradition ahead. Our recent programme 'Jala Siriki Haarati' is such tradition," he said.

"Floods and drought come at the same time in different parts of the country. That's why we asked for interlinking of rivers and to ensure that the then Vajpayee Government took some initiative," he said.

"I totally support the cause of Jaggi Vasudev in his initiative of the revival of rivers,' he added.

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