Khammam: With the Food Corporation of India (FCI) saying no to the procurement of Yasangi paddy, the district administrations in erstwhile Khammam were making efforts to ensure zero paddy cultivation in Yasangi season.
Khammam District Collector, VP Gautham on Monday held a meeting with agriculture officials, scientists and seeds dealers to discuss measures to be taken to encourage farmers to take up alternate crops.
Speaking at a review meeting, he directed the agriculture officials to conduct awareness programmes on a large scale from October 27 to 29 to educate farmers about alternate crops and to explain the situation aroused in the backdrop of the FCI decision. The Collector wanted an alternate crop plan to be prepared and submitted by October 30 with mandal-wise and area-wise data on soil nature and crops suitable for a particular area. He told agriculture extension officers to conduct workshops at cluster level.
Gautham told the seed dealers to keep green gram, red gram, gingili, sunflower, groundnut and other seeds available for the farmers. The government warned that action would be taken against the dealers selling paddy seeds, he said adding that the licenses of the erring dealers would be cancelled.
Meanwhile, Kothagudem District Collector D Anudeep directed the officials in the district to ensure zero paddy cultivation in the district. Extensive awareness campaigns have to be conducted at gram panchayats and Rythu Vedikas.
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