Crop colonies to come up soon in TS
A new ‘revolution’ in the agriculture sector is on the cards in Telangana State. Like SEZs and handloom clusters meant for the promotion of manufacturing and textile industries, ‘crop colonies’ would soon come up to make farming a profitable profession and meet the growing demand for food grains, pulses and other essential commodities in the State.
Hyderabad: A new ‘revolution’ in the agriculture sector is on the cards in Telangana State. Like SEZs and handloom clusters meant for the promotion of manufacturing and textile industries, ‘crop colonies’ would soon come up to make farming a profitable profession and meet the growing demand for food grains, pulses and other essential commodities in the State.
- Move to turn farming into profitable profession
- Training centres to be started for farmers
Following drastic decline in the cultivation of all crops in the last two years due to various reasons, the government has prepared an action plan to encourage specific crop cultivation like paddy, maize, pulses and oilseeds in every district by establishing crop colonies.
“Unlike in the past, farmers would be encouraged to irrigate crops based on soil and local climatic conditions in these crop colonies, which are aimed at expanding acreage, increase productivity and achieve self-sufficiency,” said a senior official of the State Agriculture department.
He told The Hans India that government has proposed to set up paddy colonies under canal irrigated areas of Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Khammam, Adilabad, Nizamabad and Mahbubnagar.
In other districts where rice is irrigated with the help of borewells, it would be discouraged and SRI variety cultivation would be promoted in a big way. The colonies for maize would come up in Karimnagar, Nizamabad and Medak districts due to suitable soil and climatic conditions.
The crop colonies for pulses like Red gram and Bengal gram would be established in Rangareddy, Medak, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Nizamabad and Adilabad districts. Under oilseed crop colonies, groundnut crops would be encouraged in Mahbubnagar, Warangal and Nalgonda; soybean in Adilabad, Nizamabad and Medak and castor oil seed production in Mahbubnagar and Nalgonda.
"Training centres would also be opened at these crop colonies to attract youth towards farming. At present, kin of farmers are not attracted towards farming because of low remuneration and pale living standards. Agriculture mechanisation, credit delivery, crop diversification and water management would be taught to all budding farmers who join as members in these crop colonies," said the senior official.
The officials said that required funds have been allocated in the new financial year 2016-17. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao would inaugurate the first crop colony in Medak district before the beginning of kharif season in June.