Kumram Bheem Asifabad: It is a dream come true moment for Kendre Balaji, a farmer from Dhanora village in Kerameri mandal, as he is going to present apples grown his agriculture field to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Hyderabad on Tuesday or Wednesday.
“I registered five kilo grams of apples as the maiden yield of this crop. I have sent a message to L Venkataram Reddy, Horticulture department’s Commissioner requesting his help in gifting the fruits Chief Minister. I think I will be able to present them in a day or two,” Balaji told Telangana Today. He added that he was excited to meet Chandrasekhar Rao.
It may be recalled that Rao invited Balaji for a meeting after being impressed by latter’s brave decision to grow the fruits a few weeks back. Accordingly, authorities of Horticulture department visited the farmer’s field and informed Chief Minister’s interest to find out about the crop. Balaji packed the fruits and left for Hyderabad.
A smalltime farmer belonging to remote Dhanora in Kerameri mandal accomplished in his bold move to grow apple trees in a three-acre agriculture field situated on the edges of this village. He raised 400 trees belonging to HR-99 variety as an inter-crop. He succeeded in this attempt with the help and guidance of agriculture scientists of Centre for Cellular Molecule Biology (CCMB) of Hyderabad.
The farmer further stated that invitation of the Chief Minister was an honor to him and recognition to his efforts to explore new crops in this region. He expressed gratitude to the scientists of CCMB and authorities of horticulture department for extending unwavering support to him and for providing insights in growing the crop.
Best farmer award
Balaji was honored best farmer the award by State for exploring innovative ways in farming, during Telangana formation day celebrations of 2017. He had received the award from Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and was presented cash Rs 1,00,116, a memento and shawl.
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