Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao disclosed that the Cotton produced in Telangana state is of very high quality in the country and it is one of the regions in the world, where high-quality Cotton is produced. The Cotton staple grown in Telangana State is the lengthiest and its hardness is also high in the country. The CM has instructed the officials concerned to get a brand image to the high-quality Cotton being produced in the state to increase its demand globally. He also wanted a strategy that should be prepared to give publicity to the special qualities of the Cotton grown in the State. To this, he wanted the Agriculture department to hold a conference with all the experts and specialists. The CM wanted proper instructions should be given to the Cotton growers on how to clean the Cotton picked from the fields, later packaging with proper caution and in such a way that it would increase the demand internationally. He said proper care should be taken so that there would not be any dust, rubbish particles and soil in the Cotton picked.
“Telangana State is the second state that is growing more Cotton in the country. In Telangana, state Cotton is cultivated in 60 Lakh acres. Cotton has a good market both in the country and internationally. The Cotton stable grown in Telangana state has more length and has more demand in the market. Cotton yields are good when it was cultivated through irrigated water. Since many projects are constructed in Telangana state, there is adequate availability of water for irrigation. Hence if the Cotton is grown under the Canals, it would be beneficial,” the CM said.
“The state government has taken all the measures to get demand for Cotton in the market. Before the formation of Telangana state, there were only 60 Ginning Mills, they were increased to 300 after the formation of the State. Necessary arrangements are made to set up Ginning Mills at the places where the Cotton is grown on a large scale,” the CM said.
“The new methods have come in for the Cotton cultivation. New varieties of seeds also are available for the growers. There are seeds, which can produce one-time pick Cotton. They should be cultivated in Telangana State,” the CM suggested.
“We have taken measures in Telangana state to make sure that farmers cultivate profitable crops. Farmers are also following government policy and cultivating as per the regulated cultivation methods. This is a good tradition. There is a lot of demand in the market for Cotton, pluses and oilseeds. Vegetables are also getting a good price. Cultivate vegetables more. Increase cultivation of Redgram to 20 Lakh acres. Oil Palm should increase to 8 Lakh acres,” the CM said.
The CM held a review meeting on Agriculture Extension in Telangana on Monday at Pragathi Bhavan. Agriculture Minister Sri S Niranjan Reddy, Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Sri Janardhan Reddy, Principal Secretary (Finance) Sri Ramakrishna Rao, Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Sri Srinivas Reddy, Commissioner Sri Anil, CM Principal Secretary Sri S Narsing Rao, Secretaries Sri Seshadri, Ms. Smita Sabharwal, Sri Bhoopal Reddy and others participated.