State Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Kurasala Kannababu assured that all kinds of seeds are available to the State Farmers and there is no need to worry. Tribal farmers are expected to provide seeds on 90 per cent subsidy. The Minister revealed that the seed plan is being prepared for the next five years. They have warned that stringent measures will be taken against those who sell seeds like Mirchi and cotton at high prices. He was speaking at a press conference held at the Secretariat. The Minister said that pre-planning is essential in seed distribution.
Under the direction of CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, seed distribution difficulties have been overcome. The minister said that when the input subsidy and transfer price is provided at the right time, it will get better. The Department of Agriculture has prepared all the seeds with the orders of the CM. Distribution of 2.83 lakh quintals of groundnut seeds.
The farmers of Rayalaseema area need 4,41,139 quintals of groundnut seeds and 2.83 lakh quintals have already been distributed, Minister Kurasala Kannababu said. Another 3.50 lakh quintals of seeds are being collected. CM ordered to buy quality seeds no matter the price. Farmers will provide the desired seeds. Each farmer is given 150 kg of seeds at a subsidy of Rs 2,840, he said. 50 thousand quintals of seeds were to be received from National Seed Corporation. AP Seeds Corporation has also been ordered to collect seeds. Minister Kurasala Kannababu said there was a high demand for rice seeds in Uttarakhand. The Vijayanagaram district farmer needs 45,000 quintals of rice and 43,500 quintals of seed has already been prepared. The minister said that he had instructed the district collector of Vijayanagaram to collect another 4000 quintals of seeds. The farmers of Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram are distributing 1075 varieties of rice as requested. Steps will be taken to distribute 64,500 quintals of paddy seeds to Srikakulam farmers. 49 thousand quintals of seeds were distributed last year, and this year 15 thousand quintals are being handed over to farmers. The minister said that the government has decided to provide seeds for 90 per cent subsidy to tribal farmers and has asked the finance minister to allocate funds to this extent.
The minister warned that stringent measures will be taken against those who sell seeds at high prices in the state. They have come to the attention of the government that seeds like Mirchi and cotton are being sold at high prices. The minister recalled that CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy had recently warned him not to take any action that would harm the farmers. Agriculture and vigilance officials are attacking the sale of counterfeit and substandard seeds. Minister Kurasala Kannababu said the United Nations Organization will provide technical assistance for the expansion of natural agriculture in the state. According to the company's representative, Atul Bagai, he met on Tuesday. Along with the AP, the UNO has pledged $ 7 million in technical assistance to expand agriculture in Karnataka. The minister said the idea was to link agriculture with climate change.