November 29, 2023

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Telangana farmers shun cotton on poor returns

Telangana’s system to contact the 28.32-lakh hectare (lh) mark in cotton has fallen flat, with farmers developing the fibre crop only on twenty.23 lh, as on day.

As the period is coming to an conclude, it is extremely unlikely that there will be any enhancement in acreage.

Farmers refused to heed the State government’s enchantment to cut down the abnormal dependence on paddy and transfer to cotton. With the period coming to an conclude and incessant rains dashing the hopes for added acreage, the State governing administration estimates that cotton acreage will stand, a lot more or a lot less, at twenty.23 lh, falling at the rear of the goal by a whopping 8 lakh hectares.

After crossing the 24.28-lh mark and emerging as the second most important cotton-developing State in the country last period, Telangana experienced established its eyes on the 28.32-lh mark this kharif.

As it elevated the benchmark, the State governing administration experienced asked the farmers to change away from paddy, the demand from customers for which is waning with the neighbouring States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala growing the paddy output drastically and cutting down their dependence on the paddy from Telangana.

The farmers, nevertheless, seem to be to be not energized. “They have not been given excellent returns last time. A number of farmers experienced finished up creating only three-four quintals against 8-12 quintals in a excellent year. Bad returns experienced compelled them to appear at other crops,” S Malla Reddy, Vice-President of All-India Kisan Sabha, told BusinessLine.

“Additional irrigation services experienced ensured h2o supply, earning a lot more farmers to change to cotton in the last two many years. Though the latest amount of twenty.23 lh is still bigger than the State’s period regular of 19.26 lh, it is much a lot less than what the Government has aspired for,” an Agriculture Division officer reported.

Maize gains

There is a slight decrease in paddy place, much too. The farmers sowed the staple foodstuff crop on eighteen.87 lh (19.42 lh).

However, maize, which witnessed a enormous drop in acreage in the last two many years, has regained some dropped ground. As against last year’s 86,198 hectares, farmers grew maize on 2.42 lakh hectares. It, nevertheless, is still a lot less than the State’s normal maize place of four.04 lakh hectares.