Telangana fixes 50 lakh acres for paddy in Rabi season

Hyderabad, Oct 15: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao advised farmers in the state to cultivate Paddy in 50 Lakh acres and other crops in 15 Lakh acres for the 2020-2021-summer season and said that the farmers have followed the Regulatory farming methods cent percent during the rainy season and cultivated the crops as suggested by the government and urged the farmers to do the same during the summer season too.

The Chief Minister held a review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan on Regulatory Farming Policy. He asked the agriculture officers to suggest to farmers what crops they should cultivate, district-wise, Mandal-wise and Cluster-wise.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, asked for reports on regulatory Farming cultivation district-wise. Based on the CM’s instructions, officials from the Agriculture department have prepared estimated on crops to be cultivated during the summer season district-wise.

The meeting decided to go in for paddy cultivation in 50 Lakh acres, Bengal Gram in 4.5 Lakh acres, Ground Nut in 4 Lakh acres, Chilli and other vegetables in 1.5 to 2 Lakh acres, Maize in one lakh acres, Sesame in one lakh acres, Green Gram in 50 to 60,000 acres, Black Gram in 50,000 Acres, Sunflower in 30 to 40,000 acres, Mustard seed, safflower and millets and other such crops in 60 to 70,000 acres.

KCR urged the farmers to cultivate the crops as suggested by the agriculture officials and thereby get a good price for their produce and said seeds and fertilisers required for these crops cultivation were kept ready. He instructed officials to prepare cards district-wise, Mandal-wise and Cluster wise with all the statistics on the crop cultivation.

He instructed the Agriculture department that, once planning of seeds of a season are over, the action plan for the next season should start. He suggested Rythu Bandhu Samithies to play an active role and said by coming Dussehra, majority of Rythu Vedikas would be constructed, and then it would become easier to coordinate the farmers.

“Any new policy or system will not become a habit on one day or with one attempt. It is due to regular process that the new method would become a regular practice. It should be put in farmers mind repeatedly that they would be more beneficial through the new system, there would be awareness among them,” the CM said.

Officials at the meeting felt that cultivation of Maize is not advisable due to the uncertainty prevailing on the price and marketing of the Corn. The officials estimated that the Corn would not fetch above Rs 900 per quintal price and said it would be better if the government advises farmers against cultivation of maize.

However, the CM said since Corn is not getting any good price, farmers should decide on whether to cultivate Maize or not. If farmers decide to cultivate maize, it was at their risk, the CM said. Farmers who are ready sell their Corn at whatever price they get should go in for the cultivation, the CM clarified.

Agriculture Minister Niranjan Reddy, State Rythu Bandhu Samithi President Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Agriculture Secretary Janardhan Reddy, CMO officials Smita Sabharwal, Priyanka Verghese, Agriculture University VC Praveen Rao, Horticulture MD Venkatramreddy, JD Shoba Rani and others participated in the meeting.  

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