Minister for Finance and Civil Supplies Etala Rajender has assured assistance for the cultivation of mulberry crop and development of the sericulture department for the benefit of farming community.
Participating as chief guest at the awareness programme on mulberry cultivation and drip irrigation system for the benefit of farmers of north Telangana region at KITS college in Singapur village of Huzurabad mandal on Thursday, he cited the example of Sammireddy, a farmer, of Thummanapalli village in Huzurabad, who had invested ₹3 lakh in mulberry cultivation and reaped riches of more than ₹10 lakh.
He called upon the other farmers to take up mulberry cultivation for higher returns compared to the traditional crops.
He reiterated that the State government was providing more subsidies for the cultivation of mulberry and sericulture. Stating that the Karimnagar district had already turned into rice bowl of Telangana, he hoped that in future the district would also emerge as the largest producer of silk in the State.
Highlighting the government’s achievements, he said that the government had made agriculture more viable by providing financial assistance under Rythu Bandhu scheme. There was cent percent subsidy for the drip and sprinkler cultivation.
He also assured to take measure to fill vacant posts in the horticulture and sericulture department on outsourcing-basis. He also inspected the mulberry cultivation in Thummanapalli village.
MLC Naradasu Laxman Rao said that there was demand for 50,000 tonnes of silk in the State, but the farmers produced only 30,000 tonnes of silk. He called upon the farmers to increase silk production through mulberry cultivation and export the silk to other States.
Husnabad legislator V. Satish Babu called upon the farmers to take up mulberry cultivation as an alternate crop along with regular paddy and cotton for better profits.
Choppadandi legislator B. Shoba, officials of horticulture and sericulture were also present.