Suryapet: Energy Minister G Jagdish Reddy on Thursday urged farmers in the State to switch to modern agriculture practices that would give them high yields of produce.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for Rythu Vedika at Penphad in Suryapet district, he said the revolutionary changes in the agriculture sector introduced by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had attracted the attention of the entire world. “Agriculture is now a profit making venture for farmers in Telanana State, which is a major achievement of the State government,” he said, adding that before the formation of the State, farmers had fallen into debt traps due to the policies pursued by successive governments in united Andhra Pradesh.
Listing out the schemes taken up by the Chief Minister for the welfare of farmers in the last six years, Jagadish Reddy said that in united AP, Andhra colonial leaders had said Telangana would slip into darkness if statehood was granted to it, but Chandrashekhar Rao proved them all wrong by ensuring 24 hours free electricity supply to farmers.
Recalling that farmers of Suryapet district had fought for 45 years and had given up hopes of getting irrigation facility in united AP, he said the farmers were now getting irrigation facility for two crops through SRSP canal phase-II. “Godavari water would soon flow in SRSP canal throughout the year,” he added.
He said the State government had also introduced regulated farming to ensure better prices for crops produced by farmers. Rythu Vedikas, the brain-child of the Chief Minister, would serve as a platform to unite farmers and help in exchanging experiences in cultivation. They were also aimed at ensuring that farmers fix the market prices for their produce, the Minister said.
Rajya Sabha member Badugula Lingaiah Yadav and others also participate in the programme.
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