Agriculture Department gears up for hassle-free distribution of seeds

Agriculture Department gears up for hassle-free distribution of seeds

Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy reviews arrangements for distribution of seed to farmers in the ensuing kharif season

Hyderabad: State Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy on Tuesday said the Agriculture Department is all geared up for smooth distribution of seeds to farmers in the ensuing kharif season.

The Minister, who reviewed the arrangements on the seed distribution, said the State had not faced any problems in the seed distribution for the last four years.

The foresight of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had facilitated distribution of seeds without a hitch. He directed officials of various departments to work in coordination to ensure that farmers are not kept in waiting for the seeds.

Niranjan Reddy said, "The total seed demand for the ensuing kharif season has been pegged at 7.50 lakh quintals, for which the State government will be releasing a subsidy of Rs 174.87 crore."

The Telangana Seed Development Agency, the Hyderabad Agricultural Co-Operative Association Ltd.,(HACA), Oild Fed, Markfed and National Seeds Corporation as the nodal agencies would distribute seeds, he added.

The seeds would be distributed through 1,498 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Centres, Agro Farmers Service Centres, and Mana Gromore centres across the State.

Currently, 19,355.8 quintals of seeds are available in the market. Steps had been taken to ensure that enough seed stocks are maintained to meet the Kharif demand.

He asked farmers to obtain online approval from the Agriculture Extension Officers by submitting their Aadhaar or Pattadar Passbooks to procure seeds from the Seed Purchase centres.

Niranjan Reddy said steps had been taken to maintain stocks to meet sowing of seeds of paddy in 5.60 lakh hectors, maize in 20,000 hectors, red gram in 1.33 lakh hectors, green gram in 50,000 hectors, black gram in 31,000 hectors, groundnut in 6,700 hectors and soybean in 2.66 lakh hectares.

That apart, he directed officials to ensure that seeds are provided to the farmers whenever the South West monsoon showers arrived in the State.

Besides, the officials are asked to maintain an additional 30 per cent seed stocks over and above the projected demand for the Kharif season.

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