Hyderabad: Paddy cultivation in the continued rabi season in Telangana has surpassed expectations and projections. With ample water reserves in irrigation initiatives following a very good monsoon, no restriction on paddy cultivation, availability of free energy, aside from the discharge of Rythu Bandhu funds, had been seen because the components, extra farmers had been seen choosing paddy.
While crops had been sown over 28.56 lakh acres, paddy accounted for 18 lakh acres.
Data obtained from the agriculture division for the week ended January 11 confirmed that the traditional crop sown space for paddy in the rabi season is 33,53,921 acres. Of this, the traditional crop sown space until January 11 ought to be 8,29,279 acres. But farmers had sown paddy over an extent of 17,98,466 acres, which is greater than double the estimated sowing. The determine for corresponding interval final yr was simply 3,85,106 acres, which suggests a four-fold enhance this yr.
Agriculture officers cite final yr’s decrease paddy cultivation to restrictions imposed by the Centre, which had refused to buy parboiled rice from Telangana. Normally, parboiled rice is produced from paddy cultivated in sizzling summer time months of the rabi season. The Centre had issued instructions to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to buy solely uncooked rice in rabi.
The rabi paddy when milled produces damaged rice; the Centre wouldn’t settle for this and it will trigger large losses to the state authorities. From rabi paddy, each quintal equals 60 kgs of uncooked rice and 40 kgs of boiled rice. The FCI procures solely uncooked rice at minimal help value (MSP) and the state authorities can be pressured to promote damaged rice at a lower cost to the poultry trade, amongst others.
To keep away from this example, the state authorities discouraged paddy cultivation final yr. No restrictions had been positioned this yr as there’s a large demand for every type of rice in the native, nationwide and worldwide markets on account of a scarcity.
In this example, the state authorities and farmers are assured that even when the Centre refuses to obtain parboiled rice, they may promote it to non-public gamers as a result of excessive demand.
After paddy, farmers opted for maize, which was sown in 3,21,537 acres until January 11 in opposition to the traditional space of two,32,372 acres, Bengal gram in 3,27,554 acres in opposition to the traditional 2,89,270 acres, groundnut in 2,07,803 acres in opposition to 2,79,507 acres.
However, energy provide may pose a significant drawback the summer time months of rabi. This is as a result of it’s depending on borewells throughout summer time. Due to warmth circumstances, there can be peak demand for energy for home and industrial sectors to satisfy which the federal government has to impose energy cuts.
Notwithstanding, the state authorities claims of 24×7 free energy to agriculture, farmers are being topic to 12-hour energy cuts at night time. Power is provided from 6 am to six pm in some districts and from 3 am to three pm in others.
Farmers in a number of districts are holding protests in entrance of sub-stations demanding 24×7 energy as promised saying that paddy crops are withering as they may not irrigate crops absolutely on account of 12-hour energy cuts. They say that they’re solely getting energy for eight to 9 hours every day.