Hyderabad

Farmers urged to take up spice crops

Agriculture Minister S. Niranjan Reddy with Agriculture Principal Secretary C. Parthasarathi (right) and Horticulture Director Venkatram Reddy releasing a brochure at the State-level conference on Cultivation of Spices in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Agriculture Minister S. Niranjan Reddy with Agriculture Principal Secretary C. Parthasarathi (right) and Horticulture Director Venkatram Reddy releasing a brochure at the State-level conference on Cultivation of Spices in Hyderabad on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

State govt. to request Centre to set up spice research institute in Telangana

Agriculture Minister S. Niranjan Reddy has said the Telangana government will take up more programmes for the benefit of farmers.

Speaking at the State level conference on Cultivation of Spices at the Training Institute for Horticulture here on Tuesday, Mr.Niranjan Reddy said the government would request the Centre to set up spices research institute in Telangana.

Spices would ideally grow in tropical climate and Asia was best known for cultivation of spices, he said and asked the farmers to focus on it. Government would take responsibility for the marketing of spices and fertilisers, and inputs would be supplied on subsidy. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was paying special attention to the marketing of crops, he said.

The trend across the world is towards organic farming, he said, adding that crops should be cultivated as per the requirements of people across the world. All kinds of crops would not grow in all countries and wisdom would lay in cultivating crops that would grow in our State and crops could be exported to anywhere in the world, he averred.

Referring to the experience shared by a farmer in the conference, Mr.Niranjan Reddy said coriander raised as an inter-crop in the cotton crop yielded an income of ₹60,000 on one acre and he was quite pleased about that. The Minister said every farmer should raise local chickens in their backyard.

He said the government accorded priority to the agriculture sector and only when farmers lead a comfortable life, the purpose of Telangana would be served.

Farmers from Nirmal, Vikarabad, Kamareddy, Adilabad, Sangareddy and Nalgonda among other districts attended the conference.

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