Nizamabad: Mandal and village level officials should take measures to create awareness among Nizamsagar ayacut farmers on sowing ID (irrigated dry) crops in tail-end areas by forming a team in each mandal, distribute pamphlets and stick wall posters in villages, said Nizamabad district Collector A Ravinder Reddy.
The Collector on Tuesday conducted a review meeting with Revenue and Agriculture department officials at Nizamabad Collectorate on the issues being faced by the tail-end farmers.
The Collector said that in the last rabi season, Nizamsagar farmers had faced problems due to insufficient water for irrigation, among others. This year, the State government had suggested farmers to sow ID crops in tail-end areas of Nizamsagar and sow crops earlier than last year to protect them from natural disasters and obtain yield before March end.
He said that officials should create awareness among farmers, prevent them from sowing paddy in tail-end areas and encourage them to sow ID crops. He ordered mandal level officials to form a team of officials in each mandal and meet farmers. He also directed officials to publish study material on sowing of crops, distribute them in villages and also stick posters in remote areas.
Ravinder Reddy said that earlier Nizamabad farmers had taken Rs 1,570 crore worth crop loans at various banks and government had waived the loans, but the banks had not issued loan waiver certificates to the farmers. He directed officials to talk with bankers and ensure that certificates are issued to the farmers immediately, which will help them take loans in future.
Joint Director of Agriculture Wajid Hussain, Irrigation SE Gangadhar and Revenue Department officials participated in the meeting.