KCR Moves Ahead On Free Fertiliser Scheme

KCR is trying to take forward his promise to farmers to pay for the fertiliser input @ ₹4,000 per acre.

Hyderabad: After making a dramatic and rather epoch-making announcement, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has moved ahead on the free-fertilizer scheme for all the farmers from the next financial year. The CM held a high level review meeting on Thursday at Pragati Bhavan on government’s financial assistance to farmers for the purchase of fertilisers and constituting Farmers Associations and the ruling measures to implement these schemes.

This meeting is significant as it was held a day before the crucial party plenary. This is being seen to instill confidence in the ryots and the cadre and convey a message that his government will match the assurances with deeds.

Taking a cue from the former Chief minister of united AP- Mr YS Rajasekhara Reddy- the Telangana CM said that the government will make every effort to turn agriculture into a festival. The CM desired that farmers’ suicides should stop in the State, the state should become a role model for agriculture in the country and the farmers who are feeding the society should enjoy proper respect.

“We have decided to share the increasing burden of investment on farmers. The government will bear Rs 4000 per acre for the purchase of fertilisers. Besides this we are also improving the marketing facilities. We will make all arrangments to get the Minimum Support Price. We have already kept ready godowns with a capacity of 20.5 lakh metric tonnes. We will also strengthen the Agriculture department. In Telangana we have 2112 Agriculture Officers including those newly recruited. Their services are available now. We will have one officer per every 5000 acres,” the CM said.

“We will change agriculture lands in Telangana State into crop colonies. Officers should tell the farmers what crops they should go in for based on the type of soil, rainfall and temperatures. Farmers should go in for crops based on the advice given by the officers” he stated. The CM has decided to hold a conference of agriculture officers in the state on 25th April 2017 at HICC in Hyderabad.

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