Minister Tells AEOs To Focus On Soil Tests

Hyderabad: Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy on Tuesday disclosed that mini soil test centres will be set up at AEOs level to encourage frequent soil tests. The Minister asked Agriculture Extension officials to conduct soil tests before beginning cultivation.

At a video conference with AEOs, the minister asked the officials to ensure soil tests taking every farmer as a unit. The soil tests should be conducted well in advance and have accurate details pertaining to total area of crops being sown, the minister said. He also asked them to submit a regular report on the works taken up at the field level and the farmers should get guidance for better farm practices.

Stating that interest will be waived off to the farmers paying back their loan up to Rs 1 lakh, the minister suggested to the farmers to insure their crops. He also asked AEOs to take immediate steps to encourage the farmers to get insurance for their crops through publicity.

The government was ready to provide compensation to the crop-loss due to untimely rains and thunderbolts in the recent times, he said. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has agreed to offer suitable compensation and the officials should submit a report in this regard, he said.

The minister also directed that tractors and farm equipment be distributed to farmers at the earliest.

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Chandrababu shown his true colors: Pocharam

Hyderabad: Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said that the true colors of the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had come out during Andhra Pradesh State Legislature Building opening ceremony.

It was good for Chandrababu to close his party in Telangana state, he suggested Chandrababu and asked TTDP leaders to observe that Chandrababu was a Telangana betrayer at least now. Chandrababu was not in a position to digest the development of Telangana state and hence he was spitting venom at Telangana, he alleged.

He termed Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao as a person stuck to his word and implement 100 percent the same. He lambasted Congress and TDP leaders saying that they were indulging in criticism against TRS government only to obstruct the development. He assured that the water will supplied to every acre in Nizamabad district and said that not a single acre crop was dried up in the district. (NSS)

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TS govt wants amendment to 1966 Seed Act

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Government recommended for having a seed Certification to be made mandatory by amending the 1966 Seed Act where it is mentioned as voluntary, said Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Minister for Agriculture and Allied Departments, Telangana State.

On Wednesday, the Minister inaugurated 2-day Workshop on International OECD Seed certification organised by the Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority, Department of Agriculture, Telangana in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, cooperation and family welfare, Government of India in The Park hotel, Raj Bhavan Road, Hyderabad by lightening the lamp.

The minister also recommended the central Government for establishment of referral seed testing lab in Hyderabad to facilitate the South Indian needs, as presently only one referral lab is at Varanasi. He also added to improve the functioning of all seed certification agencies for production of quality seeds and from 2017 the certification process to be done through on-line. He said that the public and Private seed sector should be strengthened in the Telangana state for emerging as a Global Seed hub. He quoted that with the efforts of Chief Minister the seed companies have adopted 83 villages in the state and under the seed village programme of Agriculture Department both the Rabi and Kharif season about 2428 villages in the entire state were selected for seed production of different varieties in about 24280 hectares with 60,000 farmers. He also stated that the Chief Minister’s vision to make the telangana state as the global seed hub will be fulfilled and such workshops shall add the input of the experts for developing quality seed domestically. He also mentioned that the state government has taken serious action on the culprits involved in recent issue of spurious seeds which has affected about 2500 farmer families.

He also said that the Government is on mission for producing quality seed and plat material. He mentioned that the state has 400 seed companies where about 60% seed is supplied from the state which is cultivated in 2lakh acres and the seed sector is earning 400crores turnover every year by providing employment to 20,000 employees.

Rajesh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary (Seeds), GOI has announced that the Telangana state will host the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) 2019 conference, 42 new varieties are added to OECD seed Certification list. Alo Lead Designated authority for the North India is Rajasthan and for South India is Telangana State. He said that the Government of India has sanctioned 12.8 Lakhs for establishment of ISTA lab in Telangana State. He also said that the budgetary support will be extended for strengthening of the seed organisation, and committees are formed for auditing seed labs, monitoring, review of the OECD seed certification activities. he said that the 1966 draft seed  bill is with the parliament and the issue of  making the certification as mandatory will be examined by the GoI, considering legal issues. He said that at the earliest the certification will be made online by linking to the Universities for the examination of field trials. He mentioned that the government has developed protocols with Bangladesh and Nepal with the aim of boosting trad and tapping good variety of seed under OECD scheme. the Government is also taking efforts in attaining uniformity of seed certification in the country and also to build up infrastructure, testing labs to maintain the standards for international exports.

C. Parthasarathi, Secretary, Agriculture and allied Departments (Telangana) in his introductory remarks has said seed crop zones should be developed as the country has diversified climate. He said that the Indian seed industry is competitive, develops varietal crops with quality seed production. He said that OECD scheme implementation in the country will increase exports and increases foreign exchange.

He also pointed out that the staff working in the seed certification are post graduates, well qualified and the expertise must be used in an appropriate way. in the last year the state has achieved OECD seed produced of about 152 quintals in about 20 acres. He said that this Rabi season under OECD scheme 1269 acres is registered which will provide an opportunity to sensitise farmers and provide training for staff on the scheme.he also mentioned the labs in the state will be upgraded to ISTA standards for better implementation of the scheme. He also mentioned that the Indian Embassy in the other countries shall act as facilitators for the success of OECD seeds exports from the country. He said that at the implementation of OECD scheme finally the Farmer should produce quality seed and staff get exposed to the international expertise. He added that the Indian seed industry is at 12- 15%,growth, and the Telangana Government is going to bring changes in nursery act and also new act  for quality seed for justice to the farming community and to take stringent actions against trader who cheats the farmers with spurious seeds.

Today’s workshop further included three techinical sessions discussing on the OECD seed schemes, status of OECD seed Scheme in India, scope to enhance international seed trade, schemes rules and regulations, issues of seed certification, suggestions for strengthening of seed certification Agencies.

Later on the proceedings of National workshop on OECD seed certification held in July and a brochure of International OECD seed certification is released by the  Minister.

The workshop welcome address was given by Dr. K. Keshavulu, TSSOCA, Hyderabad, M. Jagan Mohan, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture, V K Gaur, CMD, NSC Ltd, New Delhi, M. Prabhakar Rao, President, NSAI, Eddie Goldschagg, OECD Seed expert, South Africa, Gerry Hall, OECD seed expert UK, Officials from the agriculture and horticulture department, scientists representatives from seed certification agencies, corporation,

Seed companies from all over the country. -NSS

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Naidu must shun conspiracies and admit: Pocharam

HYDERABAD: Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy today demanded Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to admit his mistake committed with regard to Cash-for-vote scam. Talking to reporters here he accused Naidu of trying to escape from the crime after being caught red-handed. Naidu must shun conspiracies and admit his mistake, he suggested.

The minister also said that Naidu could not escape from the scam, which sent Revanth Reddy behind bars while giving 50-lakh rupees to Elwis Stephenson in MLC elections. He slammed Naidu Government for the comments of setting up their own police stations and bringing state police to Hyderabad for security.

In spite of his conspiracies, Naidu cannot escape from the case, which was seen by all the people through media, the Srinivas Reddy said. Stating that Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao has nothing to do with the case, he also said that the TDP leader was caught red-handed for bribing.

“The TDP leaders were noted for adopting a threatening culture, which we did not have. Naidu did not nominate our government,” he said and adding that the party got mandate from the people and came to power. Looking at the developmental programs, many leaders from other parties were joining the TRS Government, he said.

In a separate press conference TRS MLC Ramulu Naik criticized that Naidu could not escape from the case. Naidu is hatching conspiracies to escape and create law and order problem in the city, he alleged. Even God cannot help Naidu, the MLC said. (NSS)

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Rahul Gandhi T Touris Purely Political: Pocharam

HYDERABAD: Telangana Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy today dubbed AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi ’s tour in Telangana as political.

Talking to media on Rahul’s tour in Nizamabad, his home district, the minister flayed the Congress vice-president for embarking on a political tour in Telangana, which will prove futile. He sought to know what the previous Congress-led UPA Government had done for the cause of the farmers across the country.

“ Rahul Gandhi should tell us what the previous Congress government did for the benefit of farmers in distress”, he demanded.

The minister has suggested Gandhi to raise his voice strongly in Lok Sabha to force the government to come to the rescue of the farmers. The TRS government was doing everything for the farmers, who suffered losses due to the recent unseasonal rains, he maintained.

He also claimed that the state government had passed a resolution to offer crop insurance by considering each farmer as a unit. Some 65,000 acres of farm lands were damaged due to the untimely rains, he said, adding they would ask the center to extend adequate compensation to the ailing farmers. (NSS)

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