Agriculture minister S. Niranjan Reddy (DC)
WARANGAL: Rulers of Kakatiya dynasty inspired the present generation for rainwater harvesting and using it for irrigation needs, said agriculture minister S. Niranjan Reddy, adding that Warangal always set examples of the best agriculture practices in the world.
Reddy, along with ministers Errabelli Dayakar Rao and Satyavathi Rathode, and chairman of Rythu Bandhu Samithi and MLC Palla Rajeswhar Rao, participated in the preparatory meeting for 2022-kharif crops here at a private function hall in Warangal on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Niranjan Reddy said the Kakatiya rulers gave more importance to construction of lakes, tanks and temples during their reign. They built a chain of lakes (Golusu Kattu Cheruvulu) in such a way that rainwater which was collected during the rainy season could be used throughout the year.
For developing the agriculture sector, there must be a perfect and prolonged action plan. Required infra-structure must be built which would provide continuous water supply for irrigation needs and permanent water resources for future generations, he observed.
To achieve that, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao with his foresight brought revolutionary changes in the irrigation sector. With advanced technology, the Telangana government built the mighty Kaleshwaram project which supplied water for both irrigation and drinking needs, he said.
Water, power supply, weather conditions, scientific technology and investment at an appropriate time for farmers played a key role in the agriculture sector. Noticing this, the Chief Minister provided all basic facilities required to the farmers and made agriculture a festival in the state, he pointed out.
Panchayat raj minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao said the officials of agriculture department, in tandem with farmers’ coordination committees, must create awareness among farmers about which crop was suitable depending on the area and season.
The government insisted the farmers not cultivate paddy in the summer season, but many farmers opted for paddy cultivation. But the government came forward to procure the paddy even though it faced huge losses for the sake of farmers. Cultivation of palm-oil plantations would yield higher profits for farmers in the summer season, he advised.
The government was also going to appoint a special committee to get rid of monkey menace which was causing great damage to various crops cultivated by farmers at several parts of the state, he informed.
MLCs Banda Prakash and Baswaraju Saraiah, MP Malothu Kavitha, MLAs Peddi Sudharshan Reddy, Shankar Naik, Gandra Venkataramana Reddy, Aroori Ramesh, district collectors, MPPs, ZPTCs, AMC chairmen, PACS chairmen, officials of agriculture and horticulture departments were present along with others.