eenadu news paper 17-10-2016

The state government is set to launch the ambitious crop colonies project with the first of such an exercise starting at Gungal village in Yacharam mandal of Ranga Reddy district on Monday.

Agriculture minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, who has been in the firing line of opposition parties for some time now over problems being faced by the agriculture community, will inaugurate the project.

There are plans to create 54 crop colony clusters in the state including vegetable crop colonies. A crop colony is meant to grow a particular crop in a given village or a cluster of villages.The idea is to ensure that adequate quantities of various crops, including vegetables, are grown in the state to meet the demand for food grains and pulses among other commodities.

Any excess production that surpasses the demand for that particular crop is expected to be converted into processed foods.

The opposition parties have been accusing the government of neglecting the farm sector in Telangana, especially with regards to payment of farm loan waiver instalment dues to banks this year and not rushing to rescue farmers first affected by drought and later by heavy rains.

As per the government plans, paddy will be grown in areas with assured irrigation as the crop requires a large amount of water while crops like maize will be grown in areas where a mixture of assured and borewell irrigation is available.

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