The Union Agriculture Ministry Narendra Singh Tomar has appreciated and hailed the Telangana State Government’s innovative agriculture schemes like Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Samanvaya Smithies.
Tomar, during his video conference with the state Agriculture Minister Niranjan Reddy, has sought opinion on the Centre’s proposed Agriculture Infrastructure Fund Scheme from the State government. Niranjan Reddy participated on behalf of the Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao as he was in a meeting with the NABARD chairman.
In this context, Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal in his PowerPoint Presentation made a specific and special reference to Rythu Bandhu Scheme and Rythu Samanvaya Committees in the Telangana State. Agarwal said that the Rythu Bandhu scheme proved to be very beneficial to farmers and appreciated several other programmes and schemes which are being successfully implemented in Telangana state. He explained that the Telangana state government itself had initiated Rythu Bandhu Smithies, which resulted in establishing and expanding a large network of farmers in the State with which, schemes like Agriculture Infrastructure Fund can be successfully and effectively implemented.
Responding to this, Minister Niranjan Reddy said: “Telangana State government welcomes the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund Scheme. We are hopeful that such a scheme would help to develop the agriculture sector and to get more investments into the sector. But it is better if there is no interest levied on the investments in the agriculture sector as it was proposed to levy 3%. If interest-free loans are given, more and more investments can come into the sector”.
The Minister also sought to know the kind of reforms which are expected to bring in the maintenance of Market yards as hundreds of markets Committees are successfully working in the Telangana State. “The Pension scheme is also being implemented to employees of the market committees besides improving the infrastructure facilities at the markets. We need a clarification on what will happen to these works if the Centre comes out with reforms?” asked Niranjan Reddy.
Rythu Bandhu state President Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, Principal Secretary to Agriculture Janardhan Reddy also participated in the conference.