Telangana pushing for organic farming, but focus is now on giving respite to farmers

“Spurious inputs and deficit rain are the major reasons why Telangana farmers are suffering,” says Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister of Telangana, Jupally Krishna Rao while addressing the audience at the Natural Farming Summit 2017organised by the Sri Sri Institute Agricultural Sciences & Technology Trust (SSIAST) in Bengaluru.

Listing out the government programmes that are aimed at helping drought-hit farmers, Rao said that besides loan waiver programme, the government has revived 45,000 minor irrigation tanks in the last three years. The government, according to him, offers subsidy of Rs 4,500 per acre to each farmer. It is utilising MNREGA to provide support to farmers.