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‘Regulated Farming for Better Profits’ says Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao

Garsha Sai Nitesh
Garsha Sai Nitesh

Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced that the state government is proposing regulated farming across Telangana so that farmers gain higher profits by cultivating those crops which have demand in the market. 

“Our government is proposing cultivation of crops in the state in a regulated manner so the farmers can escape suffering losses by cultivating the same crop in an excess amount,” he said during the conference at Pragati Bhavan on regulated farming attended by state ministers, senior officials, district collectors, district Rythu Bandhu Samithi presidents and scientists.

The state government will now conduct a district-wide survey to understand the present cropping pattern to regulate cultivation according to the new regulation policy. States’ agriculture department officials will collect data on harvesters, tractors, plantation machines, and other farming-related equipment on a district and village level.

In a press conference held earlier, KCR said farmers who do not opt for farming crops as suggested by government officials will lose the minimum support price(MSP) and will be excluded from the state’s flagship program Rythu Bandhu Scheme, under which each farmer who owns land gets Rs 5000 in Rabi and Kharif seasons. 

“We farmers welcome KCR regulated farming plan but for past 20-30 years we sell maize in our area we already sowed seeds. Now, KCR said maize cultivation is not good so the government official who will come to conduct survey should suggest crops according to the season and market demand for higher profits,” said a farmer from Nizamabad district in Telangana.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi president KCR further added farmers in the states are suffering heavy losses due to overgrowing the same crops and dumping them in markets and get low profits as most of those crops have low demand which affects the final farmer gets from the produce. 

Additionally, Mr. Rao said that last year during the vaanakalam(Kharif) season farmers grew paddy in 40 lakh acres and this year also farmers will be growing the crop in the same amount of area. As the state’s cotton cultivation is in good demand nationally and internationally the state government has decided to increase the cultivation are up to 70 lakh acres against 53 lakh acres grown last year. 

Talking about other crops to be cultivated this year in the state Mr Rao suggested that farmers increase the production of the red gram to 15acres from 7acres prior year and said farmers are free to grow soybean, Mirchi, turmeric, vegetable in the same extent of land as last year. 

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