Hyderabad: Agriculture minister S. Niranjan Reddy on Monday directed officials to take steps to increase production of vegetables and support farmers in the production of onions.
The government is also planning to provide subsidy for onion farming and would fix a price to make sure that the farmers do not incur losses.
He visited the cotton purchase centres at Narayankhed in Sangareddy district and then held a review meeting with officials of the agriculture and horticulture departments.
During the meeting, the minister said that the government would encourage onion cultivation in the state and would also distribute onion seeds at subsidised rates. This comes in the backdrop of the sudden surge in onion prices and shortage due to adverse weather earlier this year.
The minister instructed the officials to visit the CCI (Cotton Corporation of India) centres regularly to check corrupt practices.
Mr Niranjan Reddy urged the officials to create awareness among the public about kitchen gardens and about how the government is providing subsidy for those into cultivation of canopy vegetables....