Hyderabad: The various initiatives taken up by the State government for strengthening the farm sector have begun yielding results with paddy harvest during the yasangi season expected to touch a whopping 60 to 70 lakh tonnes, almost 50 per cent higher than last year’s yield.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s endeavour has been to strengthen the rural economy and make farming not only a sustainable activity but to convert it into a profit-making venture.
Timely supply of irrigation water from various projects, adequate supply of fertilizers and appropriate advice to farmers by agronomists, among several initiatives and schemes, are being attributed for the record bumper harvest during the summer season, a first after the formation of the State.
Host of measures
Thanks to the measures taken by the State government to raise the production of paddy by introducing scores of measures, which include timely supply of irrigation water under various projects, appropriate supply of fertilizers, urea and suitable advice by widely recruited agronomists.
Expressing happiness over the bumper yield, Minister for Agriculture Pocharam Srinivas Reddy told Telangana Today that the all-out efforts of the government were now giving tremendous results. “The Chief Minister is committed to bring prosperity to farmers, and his vision is now bearing fruit,” Reddy said.
Farmers who used to cultivate only half of their total land extent during the yasangi season are now going for cultivation over their entire holding, thanks to availability of plenty of irrigation water. The government had released water to irrigate about six lakh acres under Nizamsagar, Alisagar, Sriramsagar and Kadem projects which prevented drying of standing crops, officials said.
Of the total of 55 lakh acres of cultivable area, paddy was sown in about 21.64 lakh acres. “Every year, we used to cultivate paddy in 3-4 acres due to scarcity of water and fertilizers, but during this yasangi, we are cultivating paddy in all the eight acres and have got bumper harvest as the government supplied water from Nizamsagar project without any break,” S Krishna Reddy, a farmer from Varni mandal in Nizamabad district, said.
Farmers were also happy that borewells also supplied uninterrupted water as the groundwater was replenished following the implementation of Mission Kakatiya programme. “In a mission mode, the Irrigation Department has completed desiltation of 24,000 tanks out of 46,000 village tanks in phase I and II,” an official said.
“Our village tank reached FTL after several years, which has resulted in improved groundwater levels in our village, and for this, the credit goes to Mission Kakatiya programme,” said M Kishan Rao of China Adirala village of Balanagar mandal in Mahbubnagar district. He too said he had reaped a good harvest of paddy.
The government has not only taken care to improve production but also made elaborate arrangements for hassle-free procurement and purchase of paddy. Indra Kranthi Patham (IKP) self-help groups were pressed into action along with the Civil Supplies Department officials for procurement of paddy.
The State government gave clear directions to the procurement agencies that stock should be weighed and shifted from the market yards within 24 hours to prevent damage from summer showers and payment to farmers will be credited within 48 hours. Civil Supplies Minister Etela Rajender has already alerted top officials and directed them to be on vigil during procurement to prevent middlemen from taking advantage besides ensuring Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers.