On the 21st of May K. Chandrashekar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, conducted a video conference with the State Cabinet ministers to discuss the new Agriculture Policy.
During the meeting, KCR suggested growing varieties of paddy this monsoon season. Mr KCR. said paddy varieties that take longer time to mature would be taken up under Godavari based irrigation projects and short term paddy varieties would be taken up in areas dependent on Krishna basin irrigation.
Mr. Rao said, “I have asked the district authorities to select the land for these special economic zones (SEZs) which will have a godown in the vicinity. Don’t give permission for the construction of houses near these SEZs. The Government wants godowns in all the 125 mandals of 33 districts, and every godown must have a cold storage facility too.”
In addition, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) would set up rice, dal and oil mills in the State.
The Government also asked farmers to buy seeds from government markets and asked the traders selling seeds to sell only high quality seeds to the farmers.
Mr. Rao also said strict action would be taken against traders selling low quality or spurious seeds to farmers under the PD (Preventive Detention) Act, 1950 in Telangana. The new Agriculture Policy proposed by the KCR led TRS Government is for the benefit of the farmers and takes up the cultivation of crops which are in demand in the market globally. With an aim to make Telangana India’s rice bowl, KCR announced a few changes in the cultivation pattern, including growing crops suggested by the TRS Government.
Mr. Rao said, “All the farmers will continue to receive the Rythu Bandhu assistance but the cultivation of crops will have to be on the lines suggested by the government policy, which ultimately is only aimed at benefiting the farming community in the State through remunerative prices for their produce.” In addition he said, “There will be no problem if the farmers grow the crops suggested by the scientists of the Agriculture University. The State Government is farmer-friendly and would like to see them become competent to take on the world markets.”
Chandrashekhar Rao called upon the representatives of the Rythu Bandhu Samithis to demonstrate new crop varieties and methods of cultivation to farmers at their farm houses. The agriculture officers would regulate farmers under the new pattern of the cultivation. He said, “All the districts should have soil testing laboratories, and all the agricultural officers must be provided with allowance and travel expenses.”
K. Chandrashekar also decided to construct a Rythu Vedika (farmers meeting hall) at Erravalli cluster farm at his personal expense for the farmers of the State.
As per the TRS Government, the new policy of farming would bring benefit to the farmers and change of crop cultivation would meet the demands of the market globally.
This year, the State Government asked Telangana farmers to grow cotton, varieties of paddy and Telangana Sona rice.
State Cabinet ministers, agriculture department officials, farming experts and district officials attended the video conference meeting on the 21st of May.
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