Hyderabad: With increasing paddy production in the State year after year, a Cabinet sub-committee has been constituted to take steps for setting up new industrial units including processing units as well as increase crop storage capacity, milling and marketing among others.
The Cabinet sub-committee headed by Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy, will have Ministers T Harish Rao, KT Rama Rao, Gangula Kamalakar, A Indrakaran Reddy, Puvvada Ajay Kumar, P Sabitha Indra Reddy, Vemula Prashanth Reddy and G Jagadish Reddy.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao presided over the second day of the State Cabinet meeting at Pragathi Bhavan here on Wednesday. The Cabinet discussed issues related to the Agriculture department where Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy along with his department officials briefed the Cabinet on the progress made in the agricultural sector during the last one year including crop yields, increase in cultivation acreage, etc. The Cabinet also discussed the availability of seeds, fertilisers and rainfall conditions in the wake of the ongoing Vaanakalam season.
The State Cabinet on Wednesday directed the officials to initiate immediate steps to enhance the storage capacity of godowns as well as focus on its marketing. It has also asked the Industries department to take proactive measures to increase the milling capacity of rice mills substantially and also expedite establishment of para-boiled mills. Considering the conducive atmosphere during the ongoing monsoon season, crop cultivation is expected to be taken up in about 1.4 crore acres across the State with paddy and cotton likely to be cultivated on a record scale.
On the occasion, Chandrashekhar Rao asked the officials to provide all facilities required for comprehensive training to the farmers as a continuous process. He wanted the Horticulture department to be fully operational and organise training programmes for farmers by roping-in the officials and experts concerned.