Hyderabad: After the Intensive Household Survey (IHHS), the State government is now making all efforts to build a data bank on farmers. For this, the government is conducting an Intensive Farmers Survey (IFS) in the State, which is underway. The survey comes in the backdrop of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s decision to extend financial assistance of Rs 4,000 per acre, per crop, to farmers, beginning next fiscal.
Information related to farmers and their holdings such as extent of land, crops cultivated since the past three years, production per crop, usage of fertilizers, soil texture, water facilities, number of power connections, bank account details and number of family members dependent on the land will be included in the survey. The Agriculture Department has instructed the officials to complete the survey before June 10.
“During the survey, the Agriculture Extension Officers (AEOs) along with the Village Revenue Officers (VROs) have been asked to visit each and every farmer’s house to record extensive data. The IFS survey will help us extend financial benefit to farmers in a most factual manner. Financial assistance scheme is a continuous process hence we need accurate data,” said Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy to Telangana Today.
After collecting the data, a review meeting will be held with the officials concerned to finalise the list. According to the agriculture officials, nearly 15-20 per cent data collection was completed in the State.
Once the farmer’s data bank is fully developed, it will become ideal for dividing the State into number of crop colonies. “The government has earmarked a few areas to develop crop colonies in the State based on the soil strength, the IFS will help us make it possible,” Srinivas Reddy explained. Government also requested the Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University (PJTSAU) for conducting the farmers’ survey in the State.
Currently, 55 lakh farmers are engaged in agriculture and allied activities in the State but the number may further vary after the IFS survey, said senior officer in the department.