Siddipet: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, in a bid to get farmers to opt for dry seeding of paddy instead of the traditional method of paddy transplantation, gave his own experience, stating that the paddy yield in his farm last year was 42 quintals per acre after he adopted the dry seeding method. “The paddy yield in my farm was much more than the normal yield,” he said.
Pointing out that raising a paddy nursery and transplantation required labour and money, the Chief Minister said that dry seeding of paddy brought down investment on each acre by Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 besides reducing labour use. “The crop period also comes down by about 10 days,” he said.
Urging farmers to go for dry seeding in dry as well as wet lands, Chandrashekhar Rao said he is cultivating paddy in 60 acres using the dry seeding method this Vaanakalam. Stating that Siddipet district had emerged as a model for many works in the past, he called upon Harish Rao, District Collector Venkatrami Reddy and other officials to hold regular meetings in all the Rythu Vedikas to sensitise the farmers to take up paddy cultivation in dry seeding mode from this year onwards.
Asking the farmers to cultivate diverse crops that were in demand in the market, he also suggested the farmers to cultivate cotton, Red Gram, and Oil Palm. “Telangana cotton is in great demand across the nation. There are not enough paddy mills in the State,” the Chief Minister said and called upon aspiring industrialists to set up rice mills. In view of increasing area under cultivation, he said the number of ginning mills had increased from 60 to 400 in seven years.
Saying that the farmers used to suffer a lot in the past, Chandrashekhar Rao said Telangana was a farmer-centric State and the State government was implementing several schemes for farmers including Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bima besides ensuring 24 hour free power supply to the agriculture sector.
Dharani simplified land registration process: KCR
Siddipet: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday said the unique one-stop Dharani portal was launched after three years of in-depth exercise which simplified the entire land registration process to end the woes of farmers. Rythu Bima scheme was being implemented to provide a sense of security among the families of farmers in case of the latter’s death. “These kind of schemes are not implemented anywhere in the world. I am proud to say that no person suffers due to lack of food in Telangana State. The government is spending money for the benefit of the poor. It is the responsibility of the elected representatives, especially the sarpanches, to ensure that the benefits of government schemes reach the eligible and the needy,” he added.
Chandrashekhar Rao, addressing a gathering after inaugurating the integrated District Collectorate complex here, explained that the Palle Pragathi programme was launched with a vision. Besides setting up nurseries in all the villages, the government was taking up mass plantations under Haritha Haaram programme. Vaikunta Dhamams (crematoriums) were developed in nearly 98.6 per cent of villages in the State. He asked the Sarpanches to take up the responsibility of developing their respective villages and directed the officials to release the funds directly to the sarpanches.
“My surprise visits to districts are not meant to harass anyone or dismiss anyone from their jobs. But one must take action against those who fail to perform their duties,” he said. He advised people to realise the importance of trees and plant a few saplings in their surroundings. He urged the elected representatives of local bodies to ensure that the nurseries being operated and saplings planted in their villages are protected.
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