Center lacks foresight on agricultural sector: Niranjan Reddy


Published: Publication date – 20:08, Thu – 19 May 22

Minister S Niranjan Reddy speaking at a meeting in Khammam on Thursday.

Khammam: The BJP-led central government lacked foresight regarding the agricultural sector and improving the lives of farmers, Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy has alleged.

While the Center was neglecting agriculture, on which the majority of India’s people depend for their livelihood, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has bolstered the area of ​​agriculture with a series of measures, the minister noted. .

Niranjan Reddy and Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar attended the vanakalam-2022 preparatory meeting on Thursday. The chief minister has a perfect vision and forward planning to boost agriculture, he said.

Telangana was the only state in the country to deposit Rs 50,000 crore in farmers’ accounts under Rythu Bandhu and spend Rs 10,000 crore annually on free power supply for farming needs.

Over the past seven years, the government has spent Rs 3.75 lakh crore on agriculture. So far, 80,000 farming families have benefited from Rythu Bima. But opposition parties falsely claiming that 80,000 farmers have committed suicide. Even criticizing the council to advance the yasangi harvest by a month to avoid losses due to the vagaries of nature, he noted.

Although the Center remained unable to source yasangi paddy, the TRS government purchased paddy offering the MSP. Congress and BJP parties that promised farmers the moon should do so first in the states under their rule, said Niranjan Reddy.

The minister stressed the need to improve agricultural productivity and maintain the quality of agricultural products in accordance with national and international standards. The use of organic fertilizers and pesticides should be encouraged, he suggested.

Minister Ajay Kumar emphasized on the extension of agriculture, new crop management techniques, new cropping patterns, organic cultivation methods for the improvement of the agricultural sector.

Chandrashekhar Rao was the only chief minister to fill all vacancies in the agriculture department and to instruct agricultural extension officers and VAOs to work for strengthening agriculture. Before 2014, no government cared about farmers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat state has failed to provide round-the-clock electricity for domestic and industrial needs, while power holidays have been given to industries. But all types of consumers were supplied with uninterrupted electricity in Telangana, Ajay Kumar said.

MP Nama Nageswara Rao, Rythu State Chairman Bandhu Samithi, MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, Department of Agriculture Secretary Raghunandan Rao and others were present.

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