Self-sufficiency in vegetables: Ibrahimpatnam Crop Colony to be opened on Friday
Hyderabad: Minister for Agriculture Pocharam Srinivas Reddy will inaugurate the Ibrahimpatnam crop colony on December 30. It is one of three colonies to be started on pilot basis in 3 mandals (Yacharam, Manchal, Ibrahimpatnam) covering 36 identified villages. The State Government has given a total subsidy of Rs 34.75 crores for the crop colonies.
The identified farmers in the cluster villages are 8,020 and subsidy will be sanctioned in hybrid seeds, plastic crates, pandals, farm ponds, farm mechanization, drip irrigation components, etc.
“Attaining self sufficiency in vegetable production and providing vegetables at a reasonable price to consumers is the objective of establishing a crop colony” said L. Venkat Ram Reddy, Commissioner of Horticulture, in an official release on Thursday.
He said it has been estimated that a population of 7.78 lakhs in the vicinity of Ibrahimpatnam constituency requires 98,000 metric tons of vegetables. The crop colony is expected to meet that demand.
Venkat Ram Reddy said the minister will also inaugurate the scheme of supplying quality vegetable seedlings at the lowest rate possible to farmers in the districts nearby. The Centre of Excellence, Jeedimetla, will undertake a one-day programme to train 680 farmers on techniques and trends in open vegetable cultivation. Farmers from Rangareddy district (380), Medchal (150), Vikarabad (150) will participate. – NSS