Hyderabad, May 18 : In the backdrop of deciding to have regulatory farming in the state, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday night said that the farmers should cultivate crops that have demand in the markets from this year. Addressing media persons after a marathon cabinet meeting held at Pragathi Bhavan, CMs camp office here, Mr Rao said it is not possible for the government to procure all the crops. Hence, farmers should cultivate crops that have demand in the markets. The farmers who cultivate crops as per the regulatory farming norms, would get MSP for their products and also other benefits, he said.
"We have typical weather where a tropical system exists along with semi arid conditions suitable for several types of crops,” he said, adding that the average rainfall of the State was 900 mm suitable for a wide variety of crops.
The farmer should cultivate crops from this year as per the regulatory farming norms adopted by the government, he said, adding that this year, various crops will be cultivated in about 1.33 crore acres in the state against 1.23 crore acres in previous year. The farmers should cultivate cotton this year in 70 lakh acres against 53 lakh acres in last year, he said the Telangana state is producing international standard cotton in the country, followed by Vidarbha.
The farmers also should cultivate paddy in 40 lakh acres as usual last year, Mr Rao said the Telangana agriculture scientists have developed sugar free rice “Telangana Sona paddy,'’ which have demand in the market and this variety also should be cultivated in 10 lakh acres in the state. Telangana is breaking its own records as well as national records because of natural resources and on the other hand Irrigation projects. He said the State also launched several welfare measures for the farmers such as Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bima.
Under Rythu Bima, the Government has released Rs 1100 crore this time he said that the farmers in the State have been provided with round the clock free power. Under the regulated farming initiative, the State has created 2604 clusters with 5000 farmers each in the State with one Agriculture Extension Officer to manage the Cluster and released Rs 350 crore, he said. To make the farmers self-reliant, the government is going to set up food processing SEZs and 40 lakh capacity godowns along with cold storage in the state, the CM informed. In the next 2-3 days, district agriculture officials will issue crop cards allotted to all districts in the state, he added. (UNI)