Gadwal gets State’s first cattle feed plant
Improve agriculture with the limited water resources, we have decided to provide drip irrigation system for 100 per cent subsidy to SC/ST and 80 per cent subsidy to other categories. Similarly, to encourage green house farming, we are providing 100 per cent subsidy to SC/ST and 75 per cent subsidy to other categories,” said the Minister.
Mahbubnagar: Finally, Telangana’s first cattle feed production plant has become functional at Gadwal. The plant, which was reconstructed with an overall cost of Rs 10 crore, was officially inaugurated by Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy on Monday. In fact, the construction of the plant which was initiated in 2013 has been completed and its capacity has been enhanced from just 30 metric tons to 100 metric tons of cattle feed per day now.
With this huge production capacity, the plant does not just meet the domestic requirements, but can also supply cattle feed to neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Addressing the gathering during the inauguration, the Agriculture Minister said, “With more than 80 per cent of population in the district depending on agriculture, this time, due to failure of rains, majority has lost their crops and are depending on dairy industry for their livelihood. In view of this, the government has decided to increase support to dairy farming and animal husbandry sector in the district.
Prior to the formation of Telangana, only 90,000 liters of milk was produced, but after the Chief Minister announced payment of additional Rs 4 on each litre of milk, the production has increased to a whooping 6 lakh litres per day. Vijaya Dairy, which used to procure milk from other States, now gets its major chunk of milk supply from Mahbubnagar.”
The Minister further said dairy farmers would be paid Rs 4 extra per each litre, for which Rs 75 crore was needed. Of this, Rs 30 crore was already deposited into the account of dairy Managing Director and very soon all dairy farmers would get their dues, he said.
Dairy and animal husbandry sector needs an input subsidy of Rs 2,514 crores, for which the State government had sent proposals to the Central government. However, it is yet to get a nod from Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
The State government declared all the 64 mandals in the district as drought affected. And to cop up with the situation, it is planning to allocate Rs 1,000 crore in the budget for providing subsidy to micro irrigation system in the district.
“Improve agriculture with the limited water resources, we have decided to provide drip irrigation system for 100 per cent subsidy to SC/ST and 80 per cent subsidy to other categories. Similarly, to encourage green house farming, we are providing 100 per cent subsidy to SC/ST and 75 per cent subsidy to other categories,” said the Minister.
The Agriculture Minister also assured compensation to cotton farmers from seed companies. To encourage fisheries, the government had decided to provide fish seedlings at 100 per cent subsidy and Rs 15 lakh would be allocated to any desired mandal for buying fish at minimum support price from the fishermen, he said and added that Rs 18.40 crore was being spent for distributing 40,000 sheep to the poor in the district during the past one year.