The government of Telangana has plans to achieve 6 per cent growth rate in the agriculture and allied sectors during 2015-16 with a focus on increased returns on investment to farmers as about 55.5 per cent of population is still dependent on some form of farming activity for their livelihood.
With a budgetary support of Rs.7,883 crore allocation, the government plans to achieve the targeted growth by implementing improved technologies, effective extension reach, efficient input delivery, mechanisation, marketing tie-up, adequate institutional credit and crop insurance for farming. The allocation is in addition to Rs. 4,250 crore earmarked in the budget as the second instalment of farm loan waiver.
In the Socio-Economic Outlook for 2015-16 unveiled by Finance Minister Eatala Rajender in the Assembly on Wednesday, the State’s vision for agriculture sector includes empowering farmers in seed management, enabling them to acquire good quality seed.
The vision talks about providing easy access to inputs, finance and; increasing irrigated area by utilising the available surface and groundwater potential; providing means for land development for efficient soil and water management; providing trained extension staff for technology transfer at the door step of farmers; identifying the yield gaps and bridging them through suitable technologies.
Further, the government wants to achieve the growth by motivating the farmers to adopt integrated nutrient management and balanced fertilisation with necessary demonstration and training support; providing short term weather forecasting for instant action; promoting farm mechanisation through access to farm machinery and equipment at affordable cost; strengthening IT to help the farmer in accessing information on weather, input availability and markets and improving water use efficiency through drip and sprinkler irrigation.