The Chief Minister wanted farmers to cultivate the crops as suggested by the government. He also declared the regulatory cultivation of Paddy would begin from this Monsoon season. He has decided to interact with the field level officials in this regard on May 15.
KCR held a high-level review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan here on Tuesday on Change of cropping pattern and setting up of Crop Colonies. Minister Etela Rajender, State Planning Commission Vice Chairman B Vinod Kumar, Rythu Bandhu State President Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretaries B Janardhan Reddy, Ramakrishna Rao, Agriculture University Vice Chancellor Praveen Rao, Horticulture MD Venktramreddy, Seed Corporation MD Keshavulu, Additional Director (Agriculture) Vijay Kumar, Deputy Director Shailaja, CMO Secretary Smita Sabharwal attended.
“There is a well known saying in the state and in the country which says Ammabothe adavi, konabothe korivi (If we want to sell it is forest, if we want to buy it is collection of dust). If one wants to sell the crop produced there are no buyers and if one wants to buy the agriculture produce, the prices are sky high. This situation has been in vogue for several years.
Services sector, IT and other professions came into being recently. In the past agriculture was the sole profession. About 90-95 per cent of the population in the society, from farmers who cultivate the crops, agriculture labour, and those in the agriculture allied professions and other related persons. Our state is Agriculture based state and our country is also based on the agriculture economy.
Once there used to be severe famine in the country. In a particular year (Keelakanama) there was a severe food scarcity. People were made to live like Chameleon. Later several developments took place,” he said.
The Chief Minister said that we have achieved self-sufficient in food grains and became self-reliant in the agriculture products. “There was no food scarcity. But in the later, developments, and farmers were not getting a good price for their produce. Under these circumstances, we have to ponder on how to get respectable prices for the crops cultivated by farmers in our state.
The state government as it did in the past, remain a silent spectator? Or it should work for a change? Unfortunately, till date no political party, which ruled the country, had ever worked with any commitment on agriculture sector. They have totally neglected the sector.
The state government has made several attempts to bring in a much desirable change in the farm sector, and it is still doing work in this direction. The situation of agriculture sector in the state was different in the past and it is quite different now. The government is solving each and every problem of agriculture sector in the state one by one. Power problem is solved.
The Major irrigation projects started with lot of guts are getting completed now. By next year Monsoon season, water will be visible everywhere in the State. The state government is buying the agriculture produce in the state, which no other state government or the Centre did in the country so far. Though Corona is there in every state, no other state government made any attempt to buy the entire crops. Only in Telangana we are procuring the entire crops produce.
This is the speciality of Telangana State. Schemes like Rythu Bhima, free 24-hour power supply are not being implemented anywhere in the country. The state government is committed and dedicated to agriculture development and farmers’ welfare and working in that direction. The entire world is wanting to learn from Telangana State in this regard,” the CM said.
“The main reason why farmers are not getting competitive price for their produce is cultivating the same crops. I have not been saying that farmers should go in for the crops that have demand in market now. I have been saying this when I was a transport minister 20 years back.
I have told PM Sri Narendra Modi and then Agriculture Minister Sri Radha Mohan Singh on Crops pattern, Crop Colonies on many occasions several times. There is no option left than this. The practice of everyone cultivating the same crops should go way,” the CM remarked.
“Nobody in the market buy the crops cultivated by farmers according their wishes and fancies. One should cultivate crops, which have demand in the market. Produce the commodities that will sell. The government is taking the responsibility and suggesting farmers what to cultivate for better profit.
The government is giving such crops the Minimum Support price. When the government is taking such an initiative why should farmers think the other way? There should be a qualitative change in farmers thinking. Constructive changes should take place,” CM KCR said.
It was decided at the review meeting held on Tuesday that paddy should be cultivate in a regulatory manner beginning with this Monsoon season. It was decided that paddy would be cultivated in the state in 50 lakh acres. In this both fine and coarse varieties should be there.
It was decided to cultivate Telangana Sona variety in 10 lakh acres. The government will soon announce what crops should be cultivate in which areas and to what extent? It was also decided to offer Rythu bandhu benefits to the farmers who cultivate crops as directed by the state and their produce would get the MSP. It was also decided to cultivate Cotton in 50 Lakh acres and Redgram in 10 lakh acres. The officials will soon announce which crops should be cultivated in which area and to what extent?
The government has also decided to grow vegetables in the farmland, which are nearer to the urban areas. The government will also suggest to farmers which vegetable variety should be grown in which area and to what extent?
The government has also decided to set up newly Seed regulatory Authority in the State. Since it was decided that crops as identified by the government would be cultivated, seeds of the crops identified by the government henceforth would be sold.
Clear-cut instructions in this regard will be given to Seed Producing organisations and traders. The Seed regulatory Authority will ensure that only seeds of the crops identified by the government are sold. If need be, the government has decided to being changes in the Seed Act. The CM decided to have an exclusive meeting with the representatives of Seed companies.
The state government has decided to act stringently against those selling the spurious and fake seeds. The government realised that there is a chance of fake and spurious Cotton and Red chilli seeds in the market. Flying squads will tour the entire state beginning from Wednesday.
The Intelligence wing also keeps a tab on the matter all over the State. The government has decided to identify those making and selling the fake and spurious seeds and book PD Act against them. Since the government feel that there will be large dumping of the fake Cotton and red chilli seeds, strict measures are in place to stop this menace.
The State Government has also decided to revamp the Agriculture department keeping in view and in tune with the New Comprehensive Agriculture Policy.
The government has instructed the Agriculture University to do more research on the Crops should be cultivated in the State. The government wanted the Rythu Bandhu Samithies to become active and coordinate farmers in the agriculture matters.
The government has also decided to maintain the Godowns in the state in a simple and with a single aim. It was also decided to revamp the marketing department in tune with the new Agriculture Policy. (INN)