Hyderabad, Mar 25 (UNI) Telangana Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy on Thursday informed the Assembly that the construction of 2,596 Rythu Vedikas (farmer’s platforms) was completed in the state.
Replying to questions from members in the house during the question hour, the Minister said that keeping in view of farmers welfare and development, the state government has decided to construct 2601 Rythu Vedikas by spending Rs 572.22 crore.
Of them, 2,596 Rythu Vedikas were completed so far. Interestingly, 22 Rythu Vedikas were constructed with the help of donations, he added.
This platforms would be utilized for the comprehensive understanding of agriculture, new varieties of crops, new cultivation methods, success stories of farmers.
He said that construction of Rythu Vedikas has not taken place anywhere in the world. It happened in Telangana under the leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
Mr Reddy said that the government would conduct continuous training programmes for the farmers in the farmer’s platforms.
Sanitation management of platforms is entirely up to the Gram Panchayats. The government will allocate Rs 8,000 per month for maintenance of farmer’s platforms, he said.
“Our attempt is to change the way of thinking of the farmers in Telangana, which is progressing as an agricultural state”, the Minister said and added that there was a need to look at the National and International market and divert farmers towards the cultivation of profitable crops.
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