TS Horticulture Policy: CM KCR advised agriculture officials to strengthen horticulture universities in Telangana. Garden
TS Horticulture Policy: CM KCR advised agriculture officials to strengthen horticulture universities in Telangana. He held a high-level review meeting at Pragati Bhavan on the topic of comprehensive planning for the development of horticultural crops. The meeting was attended by Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy, Chief Government Adviser Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary to Government Somesh Kumar, Agriculture Secretary Janardhan Reddy, Horticulture Commissioner Venkatrami Reddy, Horticulture University VC Neeraja and other officials of the Department of Horticulture. .
He said research was needed to further expand the cultivation of horticultural crops in Telangana. He wanted to set up a Center of Excellence for the development of horticultural crops in modern methods towards the development of Telangana horticulture. The Chief Minister announced that 300 acres of the campus of Acharya Jayashankar Agricultural University will be allotted for this purpose. The CM clarified that the government will allocate funds in the coming budget for the design and development of the infrastructure of the University of Horticulture. The CM decided to increase the number of seats in Vantimamidi and Ramagiri Qilla Agricultural Polytechnic colleges. Already 2,601 farmer platform structures have been completed and in the same vein, municipalities across the state have been directed to set up integrated vegetable markets like Gajwel in major town centers as soon as possible keeping in view the needs of the general public.
He said that Telangana agriculture has fallen into a rut with the construction of irrigation projects undertaken by the state government and agricultural incentives like Raitubandhu. The CM said that the lives of the farmers are moving towards qualitative development and in this context, the Telangana horticulture policy should be formulated to further strengthen the agriculture sector in Telangana.
There are a total of 129 municipalities in Telangana, including Greater Hyderabad, and another 12 corporations, industrial cities and towns. In all of this there is a need to select some farmers around those towns to provide them with the necessities like vegetables and fruits needed by the people living there and to encourage the cultivation of horticultural crops such as vegetables. Thus, the urban people of Telangana will not be in a position to import vegetables from other states, the CM said. He said that the horticulture department should take steps to export vegetables from the level of import so that Telangana can reach the level of export not only internally but also abroad.
He said that the work process in the horticulture sector should be decentralized and the division of labor should take place. Now that there is a single commissioner for the horticulture department, the CM KCR has decided to appoint a total of four superiors for the cultivation of fruits, orchards, vegetables, celery and palm oil. To this end, the CM directed the authorities to take up the process of promotions in the horticulture department immediately, formulate procedures for adequate staffing and conduct training programs for horticulturists.
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