Hyderabad: Crop colonies will be developed in the State to make agriculture a profitable sector said Minister for Agriculture Pocharam Srinivas Reddy here on Saturday.
After inaugurating a two-day conference on “Rejuvenate Indian Agriculture for Sustainability” at Indian Institute of Rice Research at Rajendranagar he declared that the crop colonies idea was initiated by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and he was committed for it.
Once the land purification drive was completed in the State the crop colonies will be developed based on the soil texture, availability of water and local requirements, Reddy said. Adding this he said crop colonies will give major relief to the sector as farmers can better known what they should cultivate to get good revenues for their yield.
Minister wanted the days to come where the farmers should fix the price for their produce similar to other sectors. “To reduce farm expenditure the central government should come forward to interlink Employment Guarentee Scheme (EGS) to agriculture,” Reddy said.
Mentioning about State government’s schemes to give major boost to agriculture he said Chief Minister has committed to complete all the irrigation projects on war footing. “With the budgetary allocation of Rs 1.50lakh crore the government is constructing irrigation projects with an aim to supply irrigated water to 1 crore acres,” Reddy said. He also explained about financial assistance scheme and its positive impact on agriculture sector in the near future.
Minister wanted changes in the existing Pradana mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) scheme. “Under the scheme village is considered as a unit to settle the claims during the natural calamities, but the State government has been demanding to take farmer as a unit instead of village,” Minister said.