Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - L. VENKAT RAM REDDY | DC

The state gov­ern­ment has set a tar­get of 1.37 crore tonnes for food­grain pro­duc­tion this year (2018-19). This is a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease of 47 lakh tonnes over last year.

Bank­ing on the fore­cast of a nor­mal mon­soon and com­ple­tion of Kalesh­waram and other projects this year, cou­pled with the Rythu Bandhu scheme and 24x7 free power sup­ply to agri­cul­ture, the gov­ern­ment is con­fi­dent of bring­ing more area un­der cul­ti­va­tion and achiev­ing record pro­duc­tion. The gov­ern­ment is de­vis­ing an Agri­cul­ture Ac­tion Plan in con­sul­ta­tion with agri­cul­ture and ir­ri­ga­tion ex­perts.

The state gov­ern­ment has set a tar­get of 1.37 crore tonnes for food­grain pro­duc­tion this year (2018-19) — an in­crease of 47 lakh tonnes over last year’s tar­get.

The Agri­cul­ture Ac­tion Plan is likely to be un­veiled this week.

Though the last year’s tar­get was 90.88 lakh tonnes, only 85.45 lakh tonnes of food­grains were pro­duced. The tar­get was missed due to lower pro­duc­tion cause by deficit rain­fall dur­ing kharif sea­son last year.

Among all the food­grains, paddy plays the ma­jor role with higher pro­duc­tion in the state.

The agri­cul­ture de­part­ment has put the es­ti­mated nor­mal crop sown area for 2018-19 at 1.53 crore acres. Of this, the nor­mally sown area in kharif has been pegged at 1.14 crore acres and rabi 38.75 lakh acres.

Agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Pocharam Srini­vas Reddy said, “Kalesh­waram lift ir­ri­ga­tion project is ex­pected to pro­vide wa­ter to an ad­di­tional five lakh acres by rabi this year. An­other nine lakh acres will get ir­ri­ga­tion fa­cil­ity with the com­ple­tion of var­i­ous pend­ing projects. The crop sown area will in­crease by 14 lakh acres over last year, which will in turn re­sult in higher food­grain pro­duc­tion."

The gov­ern­ment has so far dis­trib­uted `4,500 crore to 44.75 lakh farm­ers un­der the rythu bandhu scheme, which is ex­pected to in­crease the crop sown area.

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