Siddipet: Finance Minister T Harish Rao on Thursday said paddy production in Telangana had increased four-folds within seven years of State formation. “Telangana’s paddy production in 2014 was just 24 lakh metric tonnes while the procurement this year was more than 91 lakh metric tonnes,” the Minister said, and attributed the massive increase in production to completion of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) and several other irrigation projects.
Addressing villagers after laying the foundation stone for a two-lane bridge at a cost of Rs 3.53 crore at Chowdaram village in Chinnakodur mandal on Thursday, Harish Rao said Rythu Bandhu and round the clock free power supply were also helping the farming community.
“Overcoming the financial burden on account of Covid-19, the government has so far deposited Rs 7,178 crore in the bank accounts of 60,57,197 farmers so far under the Rythu Bandhu scheme,” he said.
He said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao wanted to continue the Rythu Bandu scheme at any cost since the farmers will have enough money to spend on cultivation before the sowing season commences. Suggesting that farmers take up diverse crops which had good demand in the market besides following modern techniques, the Minister asked them to cultivate Oil Palm, Mulberry and paddy in dry seeding method to increase their profits.
Pointing out that Ranganayaka Sagar project was close to their fields, the Minister appealed to the farmers of Siddipet constituency to help the irrigation authorities complete the canal works by handing over their lands.
Zilla Parishad Chairperson V Roja Sharma and others were present.
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