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Stress on use of water-saving technology in farming

Stress on use of water-saving technology in farming
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Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy said that the State government is striving hard to increase the income of the farmers by adopting best agricultural practices and utilising best technologies available across the globe.

Hyderabad: Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy said that the State government is striving hard to increase the income of the farmers by adopting best agricultural practices and utilising best technologies available across the globe.

Addressing at an interaction meeting with a team of scientists of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines on a project proposal held at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University(PJTSAU) here on Tuesday, he said stress must be given on use of water-saving and time-saving technologies in the rice crop in the State.

The Minister said that India has set the goal to double the farmers' income by 2022. For this, States should also set goals and strategies to contribute to the same, he added.

He said the State spent more than Rs 20,000 crore on the agriculture sector to make agriculture profitable to farmers. He said the proposed project prepared by the IRRI will definitely be helpful to the farmers and also improve the water-saving and time-saving in the cultivation of paddy crop.

He expressed the confidant that the project proposal will definitely be agreed by the Chief Minister for extending new technologies to the farmers.

Earlier, the Deputy Director-General, Research, IRRI Dr Jacquelin Hughes gave a power point presentation on "Improving farmers' income and nutrition security in rice – based agri-food system in Telangana".

According to DDG IRRI, the proposed project would ensure doubling of farmer's income, sustainable water management in agriculture, developing of stress-tolerant rice varieties for sustainable farming and developing of low glycemic index varieties etc.

He further added that the project would also provide mechanisation and post-harvest business models, capacity development and knowledge exchange to the scholars, staff, and farmers.

By implementing the project there would be an increase in income, also increased rice yield, additional yield in pulses and other crops could be achieved.

PJTSAU, Vice-Chancellor Dr V Praveen Rao said the main objective of the proposed project is to provide the world-class infrastructure, capacity development of the staff and develop the strategies required for the State. It also provides international exposure to the scientists of the university.

Director, IRRI Varanasi Center Dr Aravind Kumar, IRRI scientists, director of Research Dr R Jagadeeshwar, university officers attended the interaction meeting.

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