Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao emphasised on the need to work with passion while working in the agriculture sector rather treating it as a mere 10-5 job. “The agriculture officials should work with more dynamism as 65 per cent of people are dependent on the agriculture sector and also to strengthen the rural economy. Since the agriculture sector in the State developing rapidly, the crops would also be available in abundance”, stated the CM KCR.
Reviewing the implementation of Regulatory Farming Policy of the government in the state, CM KCR asked the agriculture department should take up the responsibility of implementing the regulatory farming, setting up Agriculture SEZs and Food Processing Units. The CM also asked the officials to prepare Agriculture Card and compile Dos and Don’ts for the farmers. He also advised the officials not to work on 10 to 5 basis but they should work with passion.
”After achieving the Telangana State, we have successfully implemented projects like Mission Kakatiya through which we have revived and regenerated thousands of Tanks and lakes. We have filled them with water from the irrigation projects. This resulted in Lakes and Tanks are brimming with water. The water table increased and the borewells are full of water. With major, medium and small irrigation projects, the problem of water for agriculture is solved and free, quality, 24×7 uninterrupted power supply is given the farmlands. The state has become an ideal agriculture-based state in the country. The capacity of Godowns that was only 4 Lakh metric tonnes at the time of formation of the State has now increased to 24 Lakh metric Tonnes. The rapid strides that the state made in agriculture can be gauged from the fact that the Palamuru district known for migrant labour due to arid lands is now the district, which received the highest rainfall. Now there is reverse migration there,” the CM said.
The CM said the fact that the officials have stated that for the summer season, 70 lakh acres of land would be ready for cultivation showed that the Telangana State is fast becoming No 1 state in the country in agriculture. The lopsided development that took place under the united in the region, is now been re-written and made into an ideal development.
In the past, there was a feeling that it will be better to run a pan shop for livelihood than doing agriculture. But now agriculture in Telangana State became a profitable profession. Young IT professional who is earning good salaries is also now shifting to cultivation as a profession. In the past, bridegrooms in the profession of cultivation were not been able to get brides. The CM said the farmer welfare policies and schemes have also inspired not only other states but also the Centre. “Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik confessed in my presence that he had introduced a farmers scheme in his state on the lines of Rythu Bandhu. It was a proud moment for me. The Centre’s Kisan Samman Yojana was also inspired by the Rythu Bandhu. The Rythu Bhima policy of the state is not implemented anywhere in the world.
The CM also said that the State would also soon become a Seed bowl of the country. Traders in Gujarat are buying Cotton grown in Telangana state leaving aside the Cotton from their own state. The US scientists have declared that people suffering from Diabetes can eat Telangana Sona variety rice grown in the State.
The CM also instructed that all the vacancies in the department should be filled up, promotions should be given. He also suggested that if both husband and wife are working in the department they should be posted at the same place. In all the CM wanted agriculture department should be dynamic, committed, dedicated and passionate towards farmers and agriculture in the state.