Hyderabad: Telangana is the only State in the country to extend such high subsidies to the agriculture sector and is committed to doubling the income of farmers by adopting various novel methods, Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said on Tuesday.
Addressing a polyhouse awareness meet at Chanuvelli village of Chevella mandal in Rangareddy district, the Minister said in undivided Andhra Pradesh, polyhouses were set up in only 129 acres in Telangana region with 50 per cent Central subsidy, but after formation of the State, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao directed the department to raise the subsidy component to 75 per cent with a three-acre limit. “Within three years, the State government approved construction of polyhouses spreading over 1,280 acre,” the Minister said, adding that horticulture crops are spread over 12.59 lakh acre in the State.
Emphasising the importance of increasing vegetable cultivation in the State, the Minister said the State’s requirement was 40 lakh metric tonnes of vegetables against the present cultivation of only 28 lakh metric tonnes. ”The State government allocated Rs 1,000 crore for drip irrigation this year and is giving 100 per cent subsidy for drip irrigation. The limit was also increased to 12.5 acres from 2.5 acres,” the Minister said. He listed out the duties of the recently constituted Farmers Associations’ Coordination Committees (FACCs). “Conducting soil tests, giving timely advice to farmers, ensuring supply of seeds, fertilisers and pesticides and providing support price for yield are the prime objectives of the committees,” the Minister said.
Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy, Chevella MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, MLA K Yadaiah, Agriculture Secretary C Paratha Sarathi and Commissioner for Horticulture L Venkat Ram Reddy also participated in the event.
TS agri production value Rs 1.25 lakh crore
Reddy said the State’s total agriculture production value was Rs 1.25 lakh crore, which is higher than what it was in undivided Andhra Pradesh. He directed Agriculture Extension Officers to prepare a plan for every season so that farmers can earn at least Rs 50,000 per season.
GST: The Minister said the State government had requested the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council to reduce the tax burden on micro irrigation equipment which are mainly used in agriculture sector. “The State government agreed to bear 5 per cent tax on micro irrigation equipment and companies have been informed accordingly,” Reddy said.