Telangana government decides to regulate cultivation to help farmers

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao said that the regulatory cultivation would benefit farmers as it would help them get minimum support price and ensure demand for their produce.

Farmers in Telangana will in future be able to cultivate only those crops that the government approves. This is part of a decision taken by the Chandrashekhara Rao government to regulate agricultural production in accordance with the demand.

The decision was taken at a high-level review meeting attended by 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, 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 etc.

A statement issued by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao after the meeting on Tuesday said that the regulatory cultivation would benefit farmers as it would help them get minimum support price and ensure demand for their produce.

The statement said that the change would begin with paddy which will be limited to 50 lakh acres. Redgram, another important crop, will be limited to 10 lakh acres.

The government will soon announce what crops should be cultivated in which areas. Quoting officials, Times of India reported that the state government will not extend Rythu Bandhu scheme and Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers who don’t follow the new directives. Seeds also will be made available to only such farmers.

At present the state gives Rs 10,000 per acre per year to each farmer whether he cultivates the land or not. The statement added that presently conditions are “if someone wants to sell the crop produced there are no buyers and if someone wants to buy the agriculture produce, the prices are sky high. This situation has been in vogue for several years and should go now”.

The state suggested that the Telangana Sona variety of paddy should be cultivated in 10 lakh acres, cotton in 50 lakh acres and redgram in 10 lakh acres. The government also decided to encourage vegetables in farmland near urban areas. The government will also suggest to farmers which vegetables should be grown in which areas.

“I have been saying that farmers should go in for crops that have demand for the past 20 years since I was transport minister. The practice of everyone cultivating the same crop should end,” the CM said (with inputs from agencies)

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