Shun cotton, Minister tells farmers

Shun cotton, Minister tells farmers
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Taking a jibe at the Centre for repealing export subsidy for cotton in the recent days, Telangana Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy exhorted farmers to refrain from cotton cultivation and switch to alternative crops like soya bean, maize and red gram.

Hyderabad: Taking a jibe at the Centre for repealing export subsidy for cotton in the recent days, Telangana Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy exhorted farmers to refrain from cotton cultivation and switch to alternative crops like soya bean, maize and red gram.

Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy asks farmers to refrain from cotton cultivation and switch to other options like soya bean, maize and red gram

Addressing the media at the Secretariat here on Saturday, the Minister expressed displeasure at the Centre for failing to support cotton exports.

With the Centre’s harsh decision, it was becoming impossible to export cotton after domestic use, he said. The Minister set a target of increasing soya bean cultivation in the State to 13 lakh acres to 14 lakh acres from the existing 2.43 lakh acres.

The State government would strengthen the agriculture and horticulture sectors by filling 1,000 posts and help farming community to grow crops for better yield with less investment, he said.

In the wake of the prevailing drought situation and depleting groundwater level, the farmers should not go in for cotton which needed more water, while soya bean, maize and red gram could be cultivated using less quantity of
water.

He also said the government was ready to support turmeric farmers to adopt new method for better yield. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had agreed to fill 208 posts to boost agricultural activities as the oncoming monsoon was expected to yield better showers, he remarked.

The State government would set up a Spices Park in Nizamabad district on a stretch of 42 acres and Rs 15 crore had already been released for its infrastructure. He said the government had asked the Telangana State Public Service Commission to recruit 75 AE posts in agriculture and depute one AE for 5,000 acres in an Assembly segment to give guidance and advice to the farmers on cops.

The government, he said, was ready to offer all help and subsidy for the new crops besides providing additional stocks of seed and fertilizers.

A team comprising 50 farmers visited Salem in Tamil Nadu and found that the new method of turmeric would prove handy. The Agriculture Minister said the farmers could use only 2,000 quintals of turmeric instead of regular 10,000 quintals under the new method.

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