Suryapet: Energy Minister G Jagdish Reddy on Friday underlined the need to educate farmers on better farming methods including crop rotation to achieve high yield of the crop.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for Rythu Vedika at Mattampally in the district, Jagdish Reddy said crops will not fetch good rates in the market if supply outstrips demand. “The State government has taken up regulated farming, which is market-driven cultivation, to ensure Minimum Support Price for agriculture produce,” he said, adding that Stating that Rythu Vedikas would open a new chapter in the agriculture sector in the State.
He exuded confidence that Rythu Vedikas will eventually turn into tools that would create market situations in which the farmers would decide the price of their produce. “Governments in undivided Andhra Pradesh completely neglected the welfare of farmers for decades, which impacted the agriculture sector in the State. After formation of Telangana, the TRS government accorded top priority to the welfare of farmers and took up several schemes and irrigation projects,” the Minister said, and cited Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bima and 24 hours free electricity supply for agricultural pumpsets as examples.
Jagadish Reddy said the State government had succeeded in restoring chain tanks and their feeder channels under Mission Kakatiya, which led to improvement in ground water level too.
He said that Rythu Vedikas would turn as platforms to extend suggestions to the farmers on better cultivation methods and others. He opined that awareness of the farmers would play a crucial role in achieving high yield. Stating that crop rotation system would give multiple benefits, he said that the fertile of the soil would be protected with crop rotation and help in getting high yield, which would give profits to the farmers. Reminding that the farmers were favoring to take up cultivation of paddy due to improved irrigation facility, he suggested the farmers to take up cultivation of red gram, green gram and red chilli, which would also have high demand in the market.
Rajya Sabha member Badugula Lingaiah Yadav asked the farmers to cooperate with the state government to make regulated farming a success in the state. Any decision taken up by the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on agriculture would be aimed at increasing incomes of the farmers, he maintained.
Huzurnagar MLA Shananpudi Saidi Reddy, Joint Collector Sanjeeva Reddy and others also attended the programme.
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