Suryapet: Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy on Tuesday urged the farmers to adopt crop rotation method in the cultivation to get the higher yield and also protect the soil fertility. He said that the State government established Rythu Vedikas to serve as platforms for the farmers to learn about new cultivation methods and technologies which help them get higher yield as well as reduce the cultivation costs. He said the ultimate goal of the State government was to improve the income of farmers.
Formally launching the paddy procurement centre at Kesaram village in Suryapet district along with Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy, Niranjan Reddy said paddy cultivation was taken up in 53.25 lakh acres for Vaanakalam crop season and 52.80 lakh acres in Yasangi season in the State this year. The pro-farmer policies adopted by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao have resulted in an increased cultivation area in the state. “Paddy cultivation in erstwhile Nalgonda district also increased to 11.48 lakh acres from 10.07 lakh acres. The revolutionary changes will take place in agriculture sector, if the farmers opt for alternative crops other than paddy. Farmers can opt for cultivating crops like red chilli and red gram which have good demand in the market,” he advised.
He also instructed the officials of agricultural department to impart agricultural technology and knowledge on new cultivation methods in the farmers through Rythu Vedikas. The State government also will conduct training classes for the officials in this regard soon, he added.
The Minister pointed out that both the soil and weather condition in erstwhile Nalgonda district were suitable for oil palm farming. He exuded confidence that the days would come soon in which the girls would dream to marry a model farmer. Agriculture was only the source for food grains even though the world advanced in terms of technology. He said about 2.4 crore people were earning livelihood from the agriculture sector in the State which is was a great achievement by the State government. He informed that the Marketing department will soon come up with a plan to encourage farmers to take up cultivation of the crops to cater to the needs of the people.
Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy said that the farmers have been taking up cultivation of two crops under the Musi project after the State formation. He stated that as the Chief Minister himself was a farmer, his decisions would always favour the farmers. He reminded that the State government succeded in preventing hunger deaths in the State.
Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Mareddy Srinivas Reddy said Telangana was the only State to procure the entire paddy crop in the country. The State government has also taken up special measures to continue procurement of paddy from the farmers even during COVID-19 pandemic time.
Rajya Sabha member Badugula Lingaiah Yadav and District Collector T Vinay Krishna Reddy also attended the programme.
Telangana becomes role model in farmer welfare schemes: Koppula
Peddapalli: Welfare Minister Koppula Eashwar stated that Telangana has become a role model for other States in the country in implementation of farmer welfare schemes. He said both development activities and welfare schemes were being implemented together in the State.
Inaugurating the Rythu Vedikas in Sundilla and Rathnapur villages of Ramagiri mandal on Tuesday, the Minister said the State government was taking all possible measures for comprehensive development of the farmers and agriculture sector. Besides supplying 24 hours current, Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bhima and other schemes were introduced to protect the interests of farmers, he said, adding that in order to overcome water problems and turn parched lands into green fields, all irrigation projects were taken up.
“Despite financial crisis due to Covid-19 outbreak, Rs 14,500 crore were released to farmers towards Rythu Bandhu benefit. The government is committed to purchase entire paddy crop through the paddy procurement centres being established in every village,” he said. Stating that a Rythu Vedikas was constructed for every 5,000 acres of land, he stated that Rythu Vedikas would help farmers to emerge as a strong force besides rectifying their issues by directly interacting with agriculture scientists. He advised farmers to reduce utilisation of fertilisers by following the instructions of agriculture officials.
Peddapalli MP B Venkatesh Netha, Zilla Parishad Chairman Putta Madhukar, Manthani Municipal Chairperson Putta Shailaja, district agriculture officer Thirumala Prasad and others participated in the programme.
Now you can get handpicked stories from Telangana Today on Telegram everyday. Click the link to subscribe.