Nizamabad: Earlier Congress government appointed landless persons, autowalas and panshop owners as ‘Ideal Farmers’, but now Telangana government has appointed farmers, who practice agriculture as ‘Rythu Samanvaya’ committee members to solve issues faced by farmers, said State Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy on Tuesday.
As part of the ‘Rythu Samanvaya’ committees awareness programme, Reddy conducted review meetings at Ditchpally, Asifabad, Mancherial, Sultanabad, Jammikunta and Hanamkonda towns.
In Ditchpally, Minister for Forest and Environment Jogu Ramanna, Peddapalli MP Balka Suman, Nizamabad Rural MLA Bajireddi Goverdhan, and Collector A Ravinder Reddy participated in the awareness programme.
Pocharam said that Telangana government was forming village level to State level ‘Rythu Samanvaya’ committees to fight against farmers problems. He said that this system was different from Congress government appointed ‘Aadarsha Rythu’ system, TRS government had appointed samithis to decide rates of agriculture products and unite farmers.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was striving to help farmers lead respectable lives in the society and obtain minimum profitable price for their goods. Total 10,733 village level committees and 577 mandal level committees had been appointed and conducting awareness programmes on their duties. Around 2,630 agriculture extension officers had been appointed and was constructing conference halls at every AEO premises, Reddy added.
Minister said from next summer round-the-clock power for agriculture sector would be supplied and land records would be rectified to help officials solve disputes. Nizamabad Rural MLA Bajireddi Goverdhan said CM plans to reform agriculture sector, but Congress and other political parties were raising objections. He said these samithis would play key role in future to solve farmers’ problems.
Committees will boost growth of farming sector: Minister
Mancherial/Kumram Bheem Asifabad: Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said farmers would soon be able to achieve growth on many fronts with the advent of Rythu Samanvaya Samithis (Farmer Coordination Committees). He attended an awareness programme for village and mandal level bodies of Chennur and Bellampalli Assembly constituencies in Kotapalli mandal centre on Tuesday. He inaugurated a newly built warehouse at an estimated cost of Rs 3 crore.
Earlier, he participated in a similar event organised in Asifabad town for Asifabad and Sirpur (T) constituencies. He was accompanied by Endowments Minister Allola Indrakaran Reddy and Minister for Forest and Environment Jogu Ramanna, Peddapalli MP Balka Suman.
Addressing the gathering in Kotapalli, Reddy said famers would overcome various challenges as special attention was being laid on the sector by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
The Minister urged members of the panels to create awareness over selection of crops, usage of fertilizers, irrigation facilities, marketing opportunities and government schemes among farmers. He wanted them to extend all support to agrarian community to help them lead happy lives.
In Asifabad, Reddy asserted that agriculture sector was being converted into an organised sector by forming committees. Farmers would be able to lend money instead of taking loans with the help of the bodies. In the coming days, they would become a decisive force and the credit goes to TRS government, he added.
Legislators Durgam Chinnaiah, Nallala Odelu, Nadipelli Diwakar Rao, Koneru Konappa, Kova Laxmi, MLC Puranam Satheesh Kumar, Collectors RV Karnan and M Champalal were present. Chennur Agriculture Marketyard chairman Zulfikar Ali also attended the meeting.
Congress has no moral right to criticise Govt
Karimnagar: Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said Congress party has no moral right to criticise Telangana government, which was making all out efforts to protect the interests of farming community.
Unable to digest the schemes being implemented for the welfare of farmers by the State government, Congress leaders were staging dharna opposing the formation of Farmers’ Coordination Committees, said Minister while participating in FACCs meetings.
He said no scheme for welfare of farmers was introduced during the Congress rule. Moreover, people who did not practise agriculture, were appointed as ‘Aadarsha’ farmers by Congress government. To ensure financial independence of farmers, government was implementing various schemes. Besides irrigation water, measures had been taken to provide subsidy for seeds and fertilizers.