Progressive farmers of TRS evoke opposition's ire

Published on April 21, 2015 20:42:42 PM
Telangana government is sending an eight-member delegation, including four TRS MLAs, to the 19th International Agriculture Exhibition - Agritech-2015 - in Tel Aviv, Israel. The team is headed by the state’s agriculture minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy.    
The four TRS MLAs, included in the delegation, have been termed as "progressive farmers" in the government order, evoking the ire of opposition parties. The opposition is stating that none of them are active farmers, though the MLAs claim to be having a farming background. 
Also according to the state’s agriculture department, the four MLAs qualify as progressive farmers because of the advanced measures and techniques being used in their fields like usage of pesticides, organic farming and drip irrigation.