Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday asserted that the regulated farming policy being propagated by the State government was only aimed at ensuring that the farmers in the State prosper through scientific crop cultivation based on experts’ advice.
“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 benefitting the farming community in the State through remunerative prices for their produce,” he said.
The Chief Minister was addressing an extended video conference on regulated farming at Pragathi Bhavan here with Ministers, senior officials, corporation chairpersons, district collectors, district agricultural officers, district Rytu Bandhu Samithi presidents, State Agricultural University officials and scientists.
Interacting with officials and Rythu Bandhu Samithi presidents, the Chief Minister tried to clear their doubts, and also sought suggestions from them. He pointed out that farmers will be able to get better prices by growing crops that have demand in the market. “There will be no problem if the farmers grow the crops suggested by the scientists of the Agriculture University,” he said, and urged the farmers to make full utilisation of the suitable soils, climatic conditions and good rainfall to their advantage. “The State government is farmer-friendly and would like to seem them become competent to take on the world markets,” he said.
“Agriculture is the primary occupation in Telangana State. The future of farming must be bright, and farmers must grow quality food and offer them to the world to make good profits,” Chandrashekhar Rao said. He observed that farmers were suffering losses because they were growing the same crops all over the State leading to a glut in the supply side and a low demand that finally ends in crash in prices for their produce. “That is why we discussed the issue at length and decided on regulated farming. Experts decided on the season, the type and the extent of crops to be taken up based on the Agri Business department’s demand forecast,” he said, adding that if strictly followed, the new cropping pattern will bring profits to the farmers.
He said that during last Vaanakalam, farmers grew paddy in 40 lakh acres and this year too, they will be taking up paddy in the same extent of land. “Last year, cotton was taken up in 53 lakh acres but this year, it will be more and go up to 70 lakh acres,” he said.
Similarly, the Chief Minister suggested that farmers take up Red Gram in 15 lakh acres instead of 7 lakh acres. He said that farmers are free to grow soybean, turmeric, mirchi and vegetables in the same extent of land as last year.
Explaining further, he said that farmers are free to take up seed farming and green manure as per their wishes, but advised them not to take up maize in Vaanakalam and instead, take it up in Yasangi. Farmers who were growing maize in Vaanakalam can take up cotton and red gram instead, he said.
The Chief Minister, however, cautioned the farmers to take precautions while selecting paddy varieties. He suggested that they go for varieties that have demand in the market. “Telangana Sona has very good market because of the 6.5mm grain size, go for it,” he said.
Being a farmer himself, the Chief Minister offered to build a Rythu Vedika (Farmers’ meeting hall) in his Erravalli farm cluster at his expense. Inspired by his decision, the ministers at the meeting also offered to construct at least one Rythu Vedika at their expense.