Telangana State Civil Supplies Corporation (TSCSC) plans 50 lakh tonnes of paddy procurement this kharif season. This is almost 10 lakh tonnes more than previous year procurement. Announced in a meeting conducted by Civil Supplies department in Hyderabad on 23rd September. The Government further stressed on agricultural investment support scheme for farmers.
The meeting was attended by Agricultural Minister of the state, S Niranjan Reddy, Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar, Chairman M Srinivas Reddy and Commissioner Akun Sabharwal.
In addition, the government discussed plans to build enough grain purchase centre’s for farmers across the state. The committee also decided to build state-wide monitoring cell to ensure fair and hustle free procurement from farmers.
Chairman of TSCSC, Mr. Srinivas Reddy credited the state government’s farmer welfare and development schemes for the constant increase in paddy production in the state in recent years.
Agricultural Investment Support Scheme (Rythu Bandhu) initiated by the state government to aid farmers financially thereby avoiding ‘debt trap’. The government had invested 12,000 crores in this scheme in the year 2018-19.
The Scheme provides investment support to farmers by giving a grant of INR 4000 per acre for each farmer for every season. This scheme will enable them to purchase agri inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, labour and other investments.
Sound Irrigation and Power Facilities
Telangana Government executed new Irrigation projects across the state. In addition, the government restored minor irrigation tanks to ensure adequate irrigation facilities for the farmers. The government will further provide 24×7 power supply to its farmers.
Increase in Paddy Cultivation
Paddy cultivation is estimated at 12.58 lakh hectares in Telangana which is 10.33 lakh hectares last kharif season. Increased paddy cultivation will increase farmers income in the state. In addition, the formation of state-wide monitoring cell is another step by government to achieve procurement target of 50 lakh tonnes of paddy