Along with the regular budget, Telangana will have a separate budget for agriculture from the financial year, 2018-19. Agriculture Minister of the State, Pocharam Srinivas said during a press conference in Hyderabad.
Addressing the press conference to explain the achievement of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in getting selected for Agriculture Leadership Award by Indian Council of Food and Agriculture, Reddy said that the award was a matter of pride for entire Telangana. None of the Chief Ministers in the combined Andhra Pradesh won it.
“The award was a result of relentless efforts of Mr. Rao to develop agriculture. He was always focussed on how to remove the debt burden on farmers and ensure no shortage of seed and fertilisers. He initiated steps to help farmers overcome power shortage from the day one of his assuming office,” he said.
“There were 24 lakh agricultural pump sets that required power. His efforts to improve power situation paid off and the Government was now geared to supply 24-hour to agriculture from February. He aimed at irrigating one crore acres but the Opposition had set up obstacles, he added. The Chief Minister announced waiver of loans amounting to Rs 17,000 crore for farmers within two days of assuming office. Punjab took Telangana as an inspiration to replicate the model,” Reddy said.