Sumary of Stakeholders call for need-based planning to help Telangana farmers shift away from paddy:
- Actually, the area under this staple food crop has gone up significantly in the last three years as the State augmented additional irrigation facilities.
- After record output, Telangana asks farmers to shun paddy this rabi seasonThat about 40-45 per cent of the State’s rabi area of 1.20 crore acres is under paddy this season shows how significant the crop is for the 60 lakh farmers in the State.
- Over-dependence on paddyA cross-section of stakeholders that BusinessLine spoke to are almost unanimous in their opinion — that the State should focus on crops like groundnut, soya and vegetables to de-risk farmers from the over-dependence on paddy.
- “Barring paddy, turmeric and chillies, the State scores badly with regard to other food crops.
- It falls short of its requirements, forcing us to depend on neighbouring States for things like coriander leaves,” Sarampally Malla Reddy, Vice-President of All-India Kisan Sabha, told BusinessLine.
- Alleging that the State government was inflating production numbers, he claimed that the issue was only about the additional output of 30 lakh tonnes.
- “Can’t the State and Central governments find a way to purchase this?
- Telangana farmers shun cotton on poor returnsA recent high-level meeting chaired by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao advised farmers not to go for paddy in the rabi as the Union government was backing out from procurement of parboiled rice.