Cotton growers told to go for alternative crops

Cotton growers told to go for alternative crops
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Mahbubnagar District Collector Dr T K Sridevi has advised the farmers in the district to look out for better alternatives to cotton crop during this Kharif Season. 

Mahbubnagar: Mahbubnagar District Collector Dr T K Sridevi has advised the farmers in the district to look out for better alternatives to cotton crop during this Kharif Season.

Last year, the yield of cotton crop in the district had fallen steeply due to the failure of monsoon. Though the meteorological department has predicted good rains this year, the Collector advised the farmers not to depend on cotton and instead look out for better alternatives such as Soya bean, pulses and millets as these crops provide a better yield with lesser water.

Participating in a review meeting with the officials of Agriculture department and Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies in the district, the Collector observed that owing to lack of awareness and proper information, many farmers in the district were sowing the cotton crop as it had provided good commercial value earlier, when the rains
were good.

But unfortunately, during the past few years the farmers incurred huge losses due to inadequate rains. She opined that it was therefore sensible on the part of farmers to look for viable alternatives.

“Last year the farmers had sown cotton on 2.75 lakh hectares in the district. Unfortunately, due to failure of rains, the cotton yield fell steeply, leaving the farmers debt- ridden,” informed the Collector.

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