ANDHRA PRADESH

Farmers take to new crops

Staff Reporter

NIZAMABAD: In the backdrop of the prolonged dry spell, farmers are going innovative and raising different crops as an alternative to traditional water-intensive crops like paddy and sugarcane in the district.

As a result, soybean has become popular and is being cultivated in 30,500 acres in Bodhan mandal alone during the current kharif season.

The crop is being promoted as an alternative to paddy and sugarcane and farmers are now convinced of taking it up in larger holdings in view of the deficient rainfall for the fifth consecutive year.

Good profits

Apart from Bodhan mandal, farmers in Kotgir and Renjal mandals are also cultivating the crop and reaping good profits. The black cotton soil is suitable for the crop and about 10 quintal will come per acre.

In Bodhan mandal in the year 2002, soybean was cultivated in just 70 acres and in 2003 in 5,000 acres and last year in 17,000 acres. It was sown in 99 per cent of cultivable lands in Nagulapally, Saloora and Pentakhurd villages.

The district Collector, D. Venkateswar Raidu, said here on Wednesday that the crop had very good demand in the market as the country was importing it for several years. While the minimum support price for the crop was announced as Rs.1,000, it was fetching about Rs.1,175 per quintal.

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