Kothagudem: District Collector D Anudeep asked horticulture officials and scientists to motivate farmers to follow modern farming techniques for getting better yield and profits.
He said farmers should be educated about the cultivation of commercial crops like oil palm as there was good demand for palm oil in the market. The Telangana government has been providing subsidies to the farmers who were taking up oil palm cultivation in order to give impetus to oil palm cultivation in the State.
The Collector addressed a gathering of farmers at Lothuvagu Rythu Vedika in Laxmidevipalli mandal in the district on Wednesday where an awareness programme on oil palm cultivation and horticulture crops was organised. Anudeep said Kothagudem district was leading the State in oil palm cultivation and farmers from other districts were coming to the district to learn about the cultivation techniques. The crop was being cultivated in about 33, 000 acres of land and it was a matter of pride for the district.
He said the country was importing a large volume of palm oil annually, spending huge amounts of money. If the volume of production of palm oil increased the imports could be reduced. The soil conditions in Telangana were suitable for oil palm cultivation, hence the crop should be taken up on a large scale. He stressed on the need of crop diversification as continuous cultivation of paddy leads to deterioration of soil health and fall in crop yield. Hence the farmers have to cultivate horticulture crops, vegetables and fruits that have good demand in the market and help them earn good profits, he suggested.
Anudeep directed the agriculture and horticulture officials and scientists to organise awareness programmes and field visits extensively to encourage farmers to cultivate oil palm and other commercial crops. District Agriculture Officer Abhimanyudu, Horticulture Officer J Mariyanna, Krishi Vignana Kendra scientist, Dr. Narayanamma and others were present.
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