By S Guru Srikanth
Though its performance in the number of water bodies rejuvenated under MGNREGA in the country was good, West Bengal stole the thunder.
VIJAYAWADA: The NITI Aayog has released a Delta Ranks list on Friday, to evaluate all the districts of India on the basis of 10 basic criteria. Districts in AP have not found a place in top rankings. Barring Chittoor, which has topped in the country for net sown area under micro irrigation with 18.1 per cent, no other district in the State secured a place in even the top five as the most improved districts in Agriculture Sector category.
Of 10 performance indicators in agriculture sector by which State best and national best districts were published by the NITI Aayog on their Website, only in the net sown area under micro irrigation Andhra Pradesh has fared well. Though its performance in the number of water bodies rejuvenated under MGNREGA in the country was good, West Bengal stole the thunder. While 5,570 water bodies were rejuvenated in Prakasam district, West Bengal’s Paschim Midnapur took the top honours with 7,486 water bodies.
When it comes to crop insurance – the percentage of net sown area under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Visakhapatnam with 43.17 per cent topped in the State. However, it was at the bottom half of the State performance list. East Godavari with 13.11 per cent emerged topper in the State with regard to the percentage of increase in agriculture credit. But its performance at the national level was not impressive.
Chittoor district topped the State in the number of district mandis linked to electronic market with five mandis. In fact, it was only behind Jind and Karnal, which have six such mandis linked to the electronic market.
In case of the percentage of change in price realization difference between Farm Harvest Price and MSP – Paddy, Kadapa topped the chart in the State with 35.96 per cent but compared to Mewat in Haryana which recorded 219.15 per cent, it was nowhere near the top.
East Godavari district stood with 13.11 per cent is a top district in the State with regard to the percentage of increase in Agriculture Credit. But its performance at the national level was nowhere
In case of Agriculture Productivity of Wheat, Kadapa district with 470 points stood first in the state, but it was not even 10 per cent of Barnala in Punjab, which stood first in the country with 4,913 points.