28th March 2017, Hyderabad
The first state coordination committee meeting on “Doubling the Farmer’s income by 2022 in Telangana State” was at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad today.
Dr. V. Praveen Rao, Vice-Chancellor, PJTSAU and Chairman, SCC emphasized on development of sound strategy paper to identify interventions to maximize farmers’ income on sustainable basis, by taking 2016-17 as base year. He briefed the pathways and opportunities and provided a broad strategy framework to achieve the objective of doubling the farmer’s income. Enhancing the Gross income, reduction in the costs and stabilizing the income and risk mitigation were discussed by taking examples from the Telangana situation.
Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-CRIDA and Convener, SCC briefed about the necessity of the meeting to develop an action plan / strategy paper to realize the objective of doubling the Farmers income by 2022 considering opportunities and strengths of Telangana State.
Dr. D Venkateswarlu, Director, Animal Husbandry Department, highlighted the need for development of value chain for each sector and also emphasized that the crop planning should always include fodder component and also the need to sustain the small ruminants maintained by small and marginal farmers as their livelihood since South Telangana Agro-climatic zone which falls under low rainfall area.
Smt. V. Usha Rani, Director General, MANAGE explained the need for implementation of micro-irrigation programs on large scale, keeping stringent control over individual bore-wells, development of village level water use plans considering the water availability in the tanks and groundwater.
In concluding session, Convener of the SCC summarized in to four thematic areas IFS, dryland horticulture systems, and fodder based cropping systems in low-rainfall areas, agro-advisories and climate smart villages etc. and how to take forward further these discussions.
Chairman, SCC emphasized the development of implementable and monitorable action plan involving all stake holders. Further, he proposed the identification of two villages in each agro-climatic zone to show-case the technologies and developing them into model villages for agriculture and allied departments.
Official from Sate Agricultural Universitites, ICAR Institutes and State Government participated in the deliberations.
(Source: PJTSAU and CRIDA, Hyderabad)