Seed prices slashed to ramp up pulses output

Seed prices slashed to ramp up pulses output
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In a move to ease the scarcity of pulses and also achieve self sufficiency, Telangana State government has decided to promote pulses cultivation in a big way in place of cotton and paddy in the ensuing Kharif season which begins in June in the State.     

Hyderabad: In a move to ease the scarcity of pulses and also achieve self sufficiency, Telangana State government has decided to promote pulses cultivation in a big way in place of cotton and paddy in the ensuing Kharif season which begins in June in the State.

  • Seeds now available at 33-50 per cent subsidy
  • Awareness campaign on pulses cultivation soon

As a first step, the government is making available seeds at affordable prices to the farmers growing red gram, black gram and green gram. Towards this, State Agricultural department on Saturday slashed the seed prices drastically by increasing the subsidy from 33 to 50 per cent.

As per the new price list, red gram seeds would be sold at Rs 6,230 per quintal as against Rs 7,750 decided earlier. Black gram and green gram seeds would be made available at Rs Rs 5,470 and Rs 6,235 respectively. Earlier, the prices have been fixed at Rs 9,750 and Rs 7,550.

The officials of State Agriculture department said that 2016-17 was declared as ‘International Year of Pulses.’ Therefore, the subsidised prices would help farmers to shift from traditional cultivation of crops like paddy, cotton to pulses.

The department would take up a massive campaign to educate the farming community the advantage of growing pulses which require less irrigation water and low investments.

The government was also contemplating providing pesticides and fertilisers at reasonable prices, the officials said.

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