Hyderabad: About Rs 1,024.5 crore is being spent on construction of new godowns with a capacity of 18.3 lakh tonnes in the State. Of this, about 14.67 lakh tonnes of godowns space is ready for utilization taking the total godown space availability to about 22.4 lakh tonnes, Irrigation and Marketing Minister T Harish Rao said on Tuesday.
Speaking during Question Hour in the State Assembly, Rao said that godown space of about three lakh tonnes has been given to Civil Supplies and HACA (Hyderabad Agricultural Co-operative Association) while Cotton Corporation of India was also seeking fresh godown space for storing its cotton procurement. “We are creating additional godown space for effective implementation of Rythu Bandhu Pathakam and storage of seeds, food grains, fertilisers and other agriculture material,” he added.
In addition to Rs 1,024.5 crore allocated by the State government, the Central government provided a grant of Rs 221.22 crore for creation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.
The Minister said that unlike previous governments which encouraged private godowns, the State government was focusing on effective usage of government godowns for storage of seeds, grains and fertilisers. “As a result, the State government saved Rs 150 crore in terms of godown leasing expenses and the same was used for construction of additional godowns,” he added. He assured that more godowns would be constructed based on demand and availability of land. Around 1,651 farmers received financial help to the tune of Rs 20 crore under Rythu Bandhu Pathakam.