Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his team of 13 delegates are on a four-day visit to Japan to attract investors to the state.
On the first day of his tour, Naidu met Naoki Kobayashi, the managing director for Agriculture Machinery and Equipment Business, Yanmar. During the meeting, Naoki offered a presentation on land preparation, nursery and planting, crop management, harvesting and also on how to increase the yield of rice per acre. Recently, Yanmar has tied-up with Tamil Nadu-based Murugappa Group.
Naoki further told the Chief Minister that if these techniques were used effectively, then farmers would be able to reap 50 per cent more profit. Naidu then extended an invitation to Yanmar to explore opportunities in AP and help the state in making agriculture profitable and sustainable, a CMO official said.
Naidu explained the state government’s collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to boost soil testing and other practices in an attempt to make farming a profitable vocation. In his presentation, the Chief Minister invited the Yanmar Group to set up a manufacturing facility in the state. He added that manufacturing in Andhra Pradesh would enable an access to all the markets in Asia because of the ports.