Staff Reporter

Ryots diversify from paddy to maize, cotton cultivation

Women SHGs procure 85,000 tonnes of maize worth Rs. 45.90 crores from the farmers Plans afoot to ensure farmers cultivate Sri variety of paddy

KARIMNAGAR: Collector C. Parthasarathi said that this year's kharif season was one of the best for the farmers with good productivity following the good rainfall and heavy inflows into the all irrigation projects in the district. There was bumper harvest of all the crops and there was no pest attack to any crop in the district, he noted.

Incidentally, the farmers have also diversified from the traditional paddy cultivation to maize and cotton during this season. Against the normal cultivation of maize in 84,730 hectares, the farmers have cultivated the crop in 1,50,576 hectares. Even the cotton cultivation had gone up from 68,417 hectares to 1,32,550 hectares.

Paddy was cultivated in 1,25,312 hectares against the normal of 1,25,112 hectares. The authorities are expecting bumper harvest of 7,33,570 metric tonnes of paddy, 5,11,858 metric tonnes of maize and 2 lakh metric tonnes of cotton during the kharif.

Talking to newsmen here on Friday, the Collector said that the women SHG members have set a milestone in the district by procuring about 85,000 tonnes of maize from the farmers worth Rs. 45.90 crores. He also said that the private traders have procured about 95 per cent of cotton from the market and there was no intervention of the CCI as the farmers were getting more than the MSP fixed by the Government. He also said that they had chalked strategies to ensure that the farmers cultivate Sri variety of paddy during this rabi season by organising meetings.