Hyderabad: A comprehensive plan to put to use every crop raised in Telangana to improve the income of farmers through setting up a chain of agri-based industries would be prepared soon and submitted to the State Cabinet for approval, Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy announced on Tuesday.
Detailed data on even the by-products of the crops too would be collected to explore ways to provide additional income to farmers by putting to use field residue biomass, Reddy said. He was briefing reporters at the Secretariat here after the Cabinet Sub-Committee he chairs, met to discuss a plan of action on encouraging agri-based industries in the State. The other members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee are Ministers T Harish Rao, KT Rama Rao, Etela Rajender and Jupally Krishna Rao.
Reddy said Tuesday’s meeting discussed the existing such industries and new ones that would be required to make the most use of agricultural produce in the State. Various departmental heads would meet subsequently to discuss the plan details. Agriculture Secretary Parthasarathi would meet entrepreneurs and industrialists to explore the potential for new processing units to come up in Telangana.
The Agriculture Minister said the next meeting of the Ministerial group would be held on March 15 where a final plan would be discussed. “We will then submit it to the Cabinet for approval,” he said.
Once the plan gets into the implementation phase, the support that farmers were already receiving from the government would begin yielding the desired result, he said.
Uninterrupted power supply, better irrigation facilities and input financial aid of Rs 8,000 per acre per year to farmers are some of the steps taken by the State to make agriculture more profitable.
Tuesday’s meeting was also attended by Parthasarathi, Agriculture Commissioner M Jagan Mohan, Industries Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, Director Marketing Lakshmibai, Director Horticulture L Venkatram Reddy and TSIIC Managing Director Narasimha Reddy.