Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday declared that farmers will be given necessary technology support for better input production, financial assistance for investment, adequate marketing facilities and support from the Agriculture Department to make farming a major success.
Addressing a high-level review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan, the Chief Minister was keen that farmers’ suicides should stop in the State. Instead, it should become a role model for others in the field in the country. “Farmers who are feeding the society should enjoy proper respect and the State government is ready to spend thousands of crores for their benefit and welfare,” he said.
The Chief Minister discussed the government’s financial assistance to farmers for purchase of fertilizers, constituting farmers associations and measures to implement various schemes. “We have decided to share the increasing burden of investment on farmers. The government will bear Rs 4,000 per acre for the purchase of fertilizers. Besides, we are also improving the marketing facilities. We will make all arrangements to ensure minimum support price. We have already kept ready godowns with a total capacity of 20.5 lakh metric tonnes and we will also strengthen the Agriculture Department,” he said.
Stating that Telangana had 2,112 Agriculture Officers, including new recruits, Rao said their services are available now. “We will have one officer for every 5,000 acres. Promotions should be given in the Agriculture Department and vacancies should be filled.
The Agriculture University should also get back its past glory and research studies should increase,” the Chief Minister said, adding that Agriculture Officers should be sent to Israel for study. “Let them learn new methods and impart the same to farmers. Not only production but productivity should also be increased. For this new methods should be adopted,” he said.
The Chief Minister said: “We will change agriculture lands in Telangana State into crop colonies. Officers should tell farmers what crops they should go in for based on the type of soil, rainfall and temperatures. Farmers should go in for crops based on the advice given by the officers. Only then farmers will get a good price for crops.”
Stating that farmers associations will be formed in villages, he said these associations will coordinate and monitor agriculture activities. “Proper records should be maintained on ownership of agriculture lands and their status. When transactions take place, village records should be updated accordingly. We will issue orders on the matter to the Registration Department. We will also increase the number of mini soil-testing labs,” the Chief Minister announced.
“Farmers should be made aware of which food grains are in demand in the State and in which market. After studying market conditions, farmers should be advised to take up crops accordingly. Fruits, flowers and vegetables should not be imported into the State from other States. We should produce what we consume within the State. We will take stringent measures to supply quality seeds to farmers. We will send those selling spurious seeds to jail under the PD Act. For this, if need be, we will get new Acts,” he said.
The Chief Minister decided to hold a conference of agriculture officers on April 25 at HICC in Hyderabad. All officers from the Agriculture Department from various cadres have been invited to the conference.
Minister for Agriculture Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, State Planning Commission Deputy Chairman S Niranjan Reddy, MLA Konda Surekha, Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Parthasarathy, Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Praveen Rao, Horticulture Commissioner Venkatram Reddy, CMO Principal Secretary S Narsing Rao, Secretary Smita Sabharwal and others participated in the meeting.