Hyderabad: Plans are being chalked out to ensure that middlemen are not involved in the procurement of agriculture produce in the State, said Agriculture Principal Secretary, C Parthasarthi on Wednesday.
“It is the objective of the State government that every farmer should get profitable price and at the same ensure that consumers can buy the produce at reasonable price,” he said, participating in the Research and Extension Council meeting jointly organised by Sri Konda Laxman Telangana State Horticultural University (SKLTSHU) and Horticulture Department at the university’s Centre of Excellence at Jeedimetla here.
Parthasarathi wanted coordinated efforts by the government, the university and Horticulture Department to benefit the farmers. Extension activities must be directed to meet the State’s needs and farmers’ requirements keeping in view the climatic conditions in the State, he said, adding that a policy towards setting up processing units for value addition to the crops would be introduced soon.
Stating that farmers must gear up to produce industry-based and commercially-viable crops, he said special incentives would be given to tamarind and sandalwood growers.
So far, 10 lakh saplings have been prepared for plantation in rain-fed areas. Awareness meetings on better management techniques towards value addition and maintaining quality would be organised across the State for mango growers, Parthasarathi said, and urged scientists to develop spices that could be cultivated locally and to standardise organic farming methods for green house cultivation.
He also wanted the experts to come up with guidelines to deal with pinworm in tomato and pests infecting fruit crops. Horticulture Commissioner L Venkatrami Reddy, the university Registrar Dr K Ravinder Reddy, Dean Dr Vijaya, research Director Dr Bhagavan and others were present.