Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has appreciated farmers in the State for agreeing to go in for the regulated cultivation as suggested by the government and for getting ready to sow the seeds accordingly.
The Chief Minister said that the state government had proposed regulatory cultivation, wherein farmers would cultivate those crops, which have demand in the market, to make agriculture a profitable venture. For this, the CM said there is 100 per cent support from the farmers in the State.
Since all the farmers in the state have agreed to go in for the regulatory cultivation, the CM had instructed the officials concerned to extend Rythu Bandhu Scheme benefits to all the farming community. He said that already the works on agriculture have begun and the farmers should not worry about the input money.
The CM instructed that each and every farmer and for each every acre the Rythu Bandhu amount should be deposited in their Bank accounts in a week or ten days’ time.
The CM, while congratulating the entire farming community in the State for following the regulatory farming, urged them to utilize the money given under the Rythu Bandhu and step up their farming activity. The CM instructed the officials concerned to prepare a plan for the Rabi season Crops as they did it for the Monsoon season.
The CM held a high-level review meeting on Monday at Pragathi Bhavan here on Regulatory farming implementation and Rythu Bandhu Scheme. Agriculture Minister Sri Niranjan Reddy, Rythu Bandhu State President Sri Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Sri Janardhan Reddy, Agriculture University Vice Chancellor Sri Praveen Rao, Seed Corporation MD Sri Keshavulu, Deputy Director (Agriculture) Sri Vijay Kumar, CMO principal Secretary Sri S Narsing Rao and others participated.
KCR reviewed the crops cultivation district-wise. He had examined all the reports sent by the Agriculture Officers from all the districts. It is found that in all the districts, crop cultivation is happening as per the instruction given by the government.
The officials stated that based on the government’s instructions, already seeds were sown in 11 lakh acres. The farmers have also purchased seeds based on the suggestion given by the government on the crops to be cultivated.
In accordance with the government’s advice, farmers in this monsoon season have put Paddy in 41, 76, 778 Acres, Red gram in 12,31,284 Acres, Soya bean in 4,68,216 Acres, Cotton in 60,16,079 acres, Corn in 1,53,565 Acres, Green Gram in 1,88,466 acres, Black Gram in 54, 121 Acres, Castor in 92,994 acres, Ground Nut in 41,667 Acres, Sugar Cane in 67, 438 and other crops in 54,353 Acres, the officials informed the CM.
The CM appreciated that the farmers are ready to implement regulatory farming policy in 1,25,45,061 Acres in the State. Since the farmers are ready for their agriculture operations, the Rythu Bandhu Scheme money should be deposited in their accounts, the CM instructed.
“Telangana Society is a matured one. The State has farmers with a lot of awareness. After the formation, the Telangana state has become one of the great Agriculture based states in the country. The government’s aim is to make future of agriculture bright and prosperous. Towards this goal, the state government suggested the regulatory farming policy.
The government’s desire is to make agriculture stable, institutionalized and the farmers should get assured income. For this purpose only Regulatory farming policy is suggested. In response to this, the farmers reacted in a wonderful manner. The farmers have realized that the government made the suggestion for their welfare. Hence they made up their minds to go in for the Regulatory farming. This is a great forward step.
To make agriculture, which was regarded as a wasteful vocation, a profitable venture, and to make the state stand as number one in the country in the farm sector, the farmers have taken the forward step by accepting the regulatory farming. The government will extend more support to farmers in future. The ultimate aim of the government is to make the farmer a King. Towards this aim, a good beginning is made,” the CM, said.
“Farmers in the state are ready to start cultivation for the Monsoon crops. Give the Rythu Bandhu scheme benefit to them without any delay. Though the state is facing financial crisis due to Corona, it decided to extend the Rythu Bandhu scheme to farmers. The government policy under the scheme is to give Rs 10,000 per acre per year. Rs 5000 is given during the Monsoon and another Rs 5,000 in Rabi.
To pay this Monsoon to the farmers Rs 5,000 per acre, Rs 7000 Crore are needed. The state government had already transferred Rs 5,500 Crore to the Agriculture department. The Finance department officials are instructed to release another Rs 1500 Crore within a week’s time.
The work to deposit Rythu Bandhu Scheme money into farmers’ accounts will begin soon. Money will be deposited in the farmers’ bank accounts in ten to 12 days. This is a proof of the government’s commitment to stand by the farmers,” the CM said.
The CM instructed the officials concerned to prepare Crops plan for the Rabi crops, as the first step for the regulatory farming is successful in the monsoon season. He said besides advising the farmers on which crops they should cultivate during the Rabi, seeds for the crops suggested should be made available by the officials.
“In the last Rabi, crops were cultivated in 53.5 Lakhs. This Rabi season, due to availability of water from the projects as well as the good rains, the crops cultivation may increase by another 10 to 12 Lakh acres. The Maize which was discouraged from cultivating during the Monsoon can be cultivated in Rabi.
Paddy should be cultivated in 45 Lakh acres, Maize in 6 to 7 Lakh acres, Chickpeas in 4 Lakh acres, Ground Nut in 5 Lakh acres, vegetables in 1.5 Lakh acres and the plan should be made based on this. Make availability of seeds accordingly.
Suggest fine and coarse varieties of Paddy to farmers. Seeds for other crops are available in the market. Agriculture department should make arrangements for Ground Nut and Chickpea seeds. The Regulatory Farming is this. Preparing the plan of cultivation and making arrangements in advance,” the CM said. (INN)