Special purchase centre for organic rice

Gajwel: Telangana government is setting up special purchasing centres for organic rice variety Telangana Sona in Siddipet market yards in order to encourage organic farming. Distrcit Agriculture Officer Shravan Kumar on Wednesday launched a special purchase counter for organic rice at Gajwel Agriculture Market Yard.

The official said with the special focus on planning of cultivating organic rice in 11 clusters in Siddipet district, Telangana Sona variety, which is also ideal for diabetics, was produced in about 50 acres this year.

The variety was produced using organic farming methods without any chemical pesticides and fertilisers. Farmers of Datharpally village of Gajwel mandal, who presented a bag of organic rice to Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao at his residence in Hyderabad on Wednesday, urged the government to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for rice which is now Rs 4200 per quintal.