Farmers to get smooth supply of seeds
Even as administrative machinery has geared up for keeping ready the seed and fertilisers for the coming Kharif season on time, farmers are gripped with the fear of not getting them before the onset of monsoon given the past experience. Police resorting to lathi-charge and laying siege to distribution centers by farmers for seeds and fertilisers has been common in every Kharif season in the district. Farmers in the district sow cotton immediately after first rain in the Kharif season.
This year farmers are expected to sow 2, 46, 000 hectares and require 13.75 lacks of seed pockets. The seeds will reach the district headquarters in the next couple of days
According to agriculture department in the district, the Joint Director of Gangaram said that last year 2, 27, 947 hectares cotton was sown and 11, 00, 000 cotton seed pockets were sold. This year farmers are expected to sow 2, 46, 000 hectares and require 13.75 lakh seed pockets. The seeds will reach district headquarters in the next couple of days, Gangaram said while expressing confidence that the department will be able to meet the demand of seeds and fertilisers among farmers this season.
Meanwhile, in the general body meeting of zilla prajaparishat, which was held on May 15, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari directed the agriculture officers to ensure enough supply of seeds and fertilizers for the ensuring Kharif season in the district. He said the agriculture activity was more this season as there was no power cut and hence the officials should gear up to meet the demands of farmers. The department should conduct awareness programmes on schemes, subsidies available for farmers before the start of season.
Further, District Collector Vakati Karuna conducted a meeting with fertilizer dealers, seeds dealers and agriculture officials and directed them to work for smooth supply of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides in the ensuing Kharif season. She asked the agriculture officials to put indent to fertilizer and seed companies immediately so that they will reach on-time.
Awareness programmes for farmers
The State Government is planning to reshape the farming practices in Telangana. The government wants to create awareness in farmers on agriculture practices. A 10 day programme called Mana Telangana – Mana Vyavasayam (Our Forms) was launched on May 26, 2015 to explain these practices to farmers.
The new techniques on how to reduce the input cost, use of available water to the maximum extent, how to increase ground water in areas with scanty rainfall and selling the produce for the best price and getting crop loans will be taught in the programme.
The team consisting of the officials of Transco, horticulture, sericulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, irrigation and agriculture will visit farmers in villages. The main aim of the government is to make farming profitable and take production to higher levels in the country. An official said that the government wants to make the entire district self-reliant pertaining to agriculture.