Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the Agriculture department to be continuously alert and prepare strategies so that farmers would inculcate the habit of cultivating those crops, which are in demand in the market.
The Chief Minister desired that the Regulatory Farming Policy, which will begin from this monsoon season, should continue in every season and every year. He said that with cultivating crops, which are in demand in market, agriculture would become profitable and farmers would never face a situation where they would not get a good price for their produce.
Ultimately, the official machinery with the support and cooperation from farmers would make the Regulatory Farming Policy, a grand success for the overall benefit of farming community in the State.
The Chief Minister felt that though food security was achieved in the country, nutritional food security could not be achieved. People are eating whatever they could but not the food with nutritional values and proteins.
People should be encouraged to eat food with rich vitamins; proteins and crops should be cultivated in tune with this concept. Along with the life expectancy of the people, their immune system to fight diseases should also be improved, the CM said.
CM KCR held a three-day extended conference with the State Agriculture Department officials, agriculture experts on the strategy to be implemented for the regulatory cultivation in the State in the days to come.
The Chief Minister asked the officials should prepare exact estimates on the eating habits of people in the country and in the State. “Identify which region, area in the country; state needs which type of food. Find out which types of crops have great demand in the world market. Based on this data, the crops should be cultivated in the State.
Don’t limit this process for only one year. This should be a continuous process. For this, the government is appointing Agriculture Products Marketing Committee. Experts and specialists in the field would be appointed on the Committee.
The Committee will study on the demand of agriculture products worldwide, Marketing, Pricing and other related issues. It recommends on which crops should be cultivated for a profit. Cultivation should be done as per the suggestions of the Committee,” he said.
The Chief Minister stressed on the need to increase yield in the agriculture sector. He said several changes came in the cultivation methods. There should be scientific basis for the use of fertilisers and pesticides. Quality seeds should be sowed.
Mechanization should increase in agriculture. The cultivation should be done in tune with the mechanization. The government will appoint an Agriculture Research Committee to study and make suitable recommendations. Cultivation methods should be done as suggested by this Committee, he said. (INN)