Rajanna-Sircilla: IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao on Wednesday said that the State government was giving top priority to protect the interests of farmers and development of the agriculture sector.
“No government in the past had bothered about the plight of farmers and the farm sector but Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is taking all possible measures to rescue the ryots from distress,” the Minister said, after laying the foundation stone for agriculture college at Sardapur of Sircilla mandal. Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy also participated in the programme.
Rama Rao said that besides 24 hour power supply to agriculture, the government also introduced the Rythu Bandhu scheme and Rs 5 lakh insurance, among others, to bail out farmers from debts. The government has earmarked Rs 12,000 crore to benefit 58 lakh farmers under the Rythu Bandhu scheme, and will be implementing the farmers insurance scheme from August 15, he said.
The Minister said that Telangana, which was formed for the purpose of getting water to agriculture fields, get sufficient funds and recruitment for vacant jobs, is going ahead towards achieving its aims.
Every farmer aged between 18 to 60 years old would be provided Rs 5 lakh insurance benefit. In this regard, the State government is going to pay Rs 2,271 crore premium amount to LIC, he informed.
Aiming at turning parched land into green fields and supply water to one crore acres, the government has taken up various irrigation projects. Kaleshwaram project, which was designed to provide water to 38 lakh acres for three crops, is set to create a record.
With a view to providing more agriculture services, an agriculture extension officer was appointed for every 5,000 acres. Besides other sectors, round-the-clock power is being supplied to the farm sector.
Though crop insurance and minimum support price (MSP) were the subjects of the Central government, KCR was trying to provide remunerative price to farmers for their produce by pursuing the matter with the Union government.
Talking about Rajanna-Sircilla district, KTR wanted the district to be in the top position in farmer insurance scheme. Sircilla, which faced a lot of difficulties in united Andhra Pradesh, is going to experience better days ahead.
Stating that the drought prone Sircilla area is going to turn into a green field, he informed that 2 lakh acres in Vemulawada and Sircilla constituencies would be supplied water in the next six months. Agriculture sector in the area is likely to develop with the establishment of agriculture college, he opined.