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TS implementing crop booking system to plan for market of produce

Hyderabad: Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy said the State has implemented a crop booking system where the seasonally and also crop-wise monitoring of a farmer’s land in a cluster (5000 acres).

To promote marketing, the officials will collect and evaluate crop and yield data so that the overall state demand and supply scenario could be understood.

The government would determine, based on the data collected, how much of the product would be reserved for local use and how it should be marketed and to whom it should be marketed to.

Responding to questions in the Legislative Council here on Friday during Question Hour, the Minister said 1,31,50,000 acres were being cultivated as suggested by the government.

Under the controlled crop pattern, there were 9.57 lakh acres of horticultural crops, 59.70 lakh acres of cotton, 50.61 lakh acres of paddy, 10.67 lakh acres of red gramme, 3.95 lakh acres of soybean, 1.54 lakh acres of moong dal, 1.34 lakh acres of jowar and 2.19 lakh acres of maize.

“This year’s maize crop was discouraged because there was a 300 million tonnes surplus stock available on the international market that could dramatically affect prices,” he said describing the crop booking advantage.

He said Telangana was mainly self-sufficient in nine types of horticultural crops and 11 types of fruits and vegetables had a shortfall. He said that the government was planning to encourage cultivation of pulses.

Answering Kuchumalla Damodar Reddy’s query on Rytu Bandhu’s disbursements over the past two years, the Minister said that Rs 28,299.16 crore had been distributed under the scheme and said that 50,20 lakh farmers in 2018 Vaanakalam, 40,13 lakh farmers in 2018 Yasangi, 51,61 lakh farmers in 2019 Vaanakalam, 42,42 lakh farmers in 2018 Vaanakalamin 2019 Yasangi and 57.90 lakh farmers in 2020 Vaanakalam have been given the Rythu Bandhu assistance.

Speaking on Telangana Sona variety of paddy, he said that the acreage under the fine variety of rice has increased to 10 lakh acres from 4 lakh acres.

He said that the 125 day duration crop is giving an yield of 6.30 tons per hectare which is more than any fine rice varieties in the State.

He told the members that in all aspects of the 2601 Rytu Vedikas being established in the state, only nine were complete and the rest will be completed by Dasara festival.

In response to a question from Congress MLC Jeevan Reddy about the RCC roof for rytuvedikas, the minister said the rytuvedikas were constructed with a tin roof so there would be no columns between obstructing the farmers’ views. (INN)

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