Warangal: Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao said on Monday that the State government was taking steps to establish an oil palm factory at Thorrur in Mahabubabad district.
Stressing on the need for crop diversification, the Minister said: “I have also converted my paddy field into a well-drained land and planted oil palm. We can also cultivate other crops between the rows of oil palm trees as intercrops. One can earn up to Rs one lakh per acre per year,” the Minister added.
He was speaking after a surprise visit to paddy purchase centres at Gantlakunta and Pochampally villages in Pedda Vangara mandal of Mahabubabad district and Palakurti constituency. Interacting with farmers, he explained how the BJP government at the Centre was refusing to procure paddy from the State, and asked the farmers to go for alternate crops instead of paddy. He also inspected the condition of the grain brought to the procurement centres and asked the farmers to dry the paddy to the prescribed percentage of moisture to get the minimum support price (MSP).
Cry on monkey menace
He also directed the authorities concerned to purchase the paddy without causing any trouble to farmers. He said the crop switching in agriculture is a natural phenomenon, but profitable crops should be grown. However, farmers complained that they were facing monkey menace by which their crops are being destroyed. “We are ready to sow pulses and other crops, but we are facing threat to the crops from monkeys and some wild animals like wild boars,” they added.
Meanwhile, he also inspected the administration of the second dose of Covid as part of special vaccination programme at Rangapuram village of Kodkandla mandal and urged the villagers to get the second dose in time without fail and be cautious as several nations are suffering from the third wave of the Covid-19.
Later, Errabelli, at his camp office in Palakurti town of Jangaon district, handed over cheques worth Rs 2.11 crore to 102 beneficiaries of the Kalyana Lakshmi/Shaadi Mubarak schemes.
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