Adilabad: A little less than six lakh farmers from erstwhile Adilabad district are set to benefit from Rythu Bandhu scheme with the government starting disbursal of the investment support from Tuesday. Collectively, they will get Rs 858 crore under the crop input investment initiative that has brought cheer among the agrarian community.
According to Agriculture Department, 1.47,026 farmers will receive the investment support in Adilabad district. A total of 1,14,525 farmers of Kumram Bheem Asifabad, 1,70, 994 farmers from Nirmal and 1,40,807 farmers belonging to Mancherial are going to be covered under the scheme.
In all, 5.73 lakh farmers of the erstwhile Adilabad district will be extended the monetary aid this year. They will receive Rs 5,000 per acre. They will be able to buy quality seeds, fertilizers and other inputs with the help of the scheme. They are expressing happiness over the government’s decision to directly credit the funds to accounts of the eligible farmers.
Gaddam Lasmanna, a farmer from Pippalkoti village in Bheempur mandal of Adilabad district, said their united family would get Rs 2.50 lakh for owning 50 acres. He said that the scheme had helped farmers not to rely on private money lenders who charge exorbitant rates of interest. He stated that the initiative was a boon for the agrarian community.
Adilabad Joint Director N Ramesh told Telangana Today that the aid would be credited to the accounts of the farmers in a phased manner. Initially, farmers, who own one acre would receive the funds and subsequently others would be covered by June 25, deadline for disbursing the crop investment support. A total of 3,503 new farmers were added to the list of beneficiaries this time, he added.
Meanwhile, scores of farmers expressed gratitude to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao by cleansing his portrait with milk in their agriculture fields at Mukhra (K) village in Echoda mandal. They hailed Chandrashekhar Rao for showing special concern to the agrarian community. Sarpanch G Meenakshi and local farmers were present.