Hyderabad: The State government will discuss and take decisions on crucial issues including the import of maize by the Union government on a big scale that impacts domestic production as also crops to be encouraged under the regulated farming system for the coming Yasangi season.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will hold a review meeting with officials of the Agriculture and Civil Supplies Department at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday to discuss the modalities of implementation of regulated cropping pattern for the Yasangi season.
The meeting will discuss issues such as the crops to be cultivated in Yasangi and the advantages and disadvantages of certain crops and other related matters. “The Union government is importing maize on a big scale which will have an impact on domestic production of maize. In this connection, the State has to take a decision and we will be thoroughly discussing this issue on Saturday,” the Chief Minister said.
Rao also decided that agricultural produce must be procured from villages considering the looming and persistent fear of Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on farmers’ health. “During last Yasangi, we set up procurement centres in villages and collected the foodgrains due to the fear of corona. As the fear of corona still persists, we have to procure paddy from the farmers’ doorsteps during the present Vaanakalam season also,” he said.
In all 6,000 centres will be established for this purpose and paddy must be procured without causing any inconvenience to farmers, he said, and directed the officials to make all necessary arrangements for procurement and payment to farmers at the earliest.
Assembly, Council to meet on Oct 13 & 14
The State government has decided to hold a session of the State Legislative Assembly on October 13 and the Legislative Council on October 14. While the Assembly will commence at 11.30 am, the Council will begin at 11 am. The Bills slated for introduction in the Assembly on October 13 will be introduced in the Council the next day.
The State Cabinet will meet in Pragathi Bhavan at 5 pm on Saturday to discuss and approve the Bills to be introduced in the State Legislature. The Cabinet may also discuss the implementation of the regulated farming policy in the Yasangi season and also procurement of paddy.
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