Khammam: The regulated system of farming is the need of the hour, said Khammam Farmers’ Coordination Committee district convener Nallamala Venkateswar Rao.
Venkateswar Rao hoped that a majority of farmers in erstwhile Khammam would be willing to adopt the new system. He observed that there were policies for every sector like education and industries, but for agriculture.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’ here on Friday, Venkateswar Rao noted that the Chief Minister had come up with the idea to make farming more profitable. Farmers’ Coordination Committees (Rythu Bandhu Samithis) would play key role in promoting the system.
Explaining the importance of the regulated farming, he said in yasangi maize was cultivated in about 90,000 acres in Khammam. Though there was not much demand for the crop, the State government procured the yield on saturation basis to help farmers in view of the lockdown.
If the farmers cultivate the same crop in Vaanakalam too, they would only reap loss as there were huge stocks of maize available in warehouses and no one would buy the produce. Moreover, the maize crop in Vaanakalam was not commercially viable, and it also attracts pests.
Rythu Bandhu Samithis (RBS) and officials had been asking farmers to go for cotton with red gram as an intercrop and fine variety paddy that would be in demand. In addition to that, they were told to give priority to vegetable and fruit cultivation, Venkateswar Rao said.
Awareness programmes at cluster level
To educate farmers about the regulated farming, awareness programmes would be conducted in the district with the help of Agriculture Extension Officers at the cluster level. A schedule was being prepared and the classes would begin in a couple of days in 129 clusters in Khamamm, he noted
Steps were underway to construct a Rythu Vedika that consists of a mini-soil testing lab in each cluster with an expenditure of Rs 12 lakh. Land acquisition was over in 80 clusters, and it would be done in others within a week. The construction would be completed in the next six months, the RBS convener added.
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