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    Systematic Approach to Cultivate Crops

    Regular crops in 1.40 crore acres

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    Horticultural crops in 10.87 lakh acres

    Availability of fertilizers, seeds ensured

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    Hyderabad, June 18 (Namaste Telangana): Farmers are gearing up for crop cultivation within a period of two to three days after the state receives monsoon rains. The Agriculture Department has prepared a plan for this purpose. It is estimated that this season has an opportunity to cultivate crops in a total of 1.51 crore acres. Out of this, regular crops will be cultivated in 1.40 crore acres and horticultural crops in another 11 lakh acres. In line with this, steps have been taken to provide fertilizers and seeds to the farmers.

    Excess rainfall, seeds

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    In this season, there is an opportunity to cultivate rice in 60 lakh acres, maize in 55 lakh acres, pulses in 8 lakh acres, jowar in 8 lakh acres, soybean in 5 lakh acres, and green gram in 1 lakh acres. Along with this, there is a need to increase the cultivation of pulses and vegetables like beans as well as educate farmers about it, said the Agriculture Department.

    Availability of fertilizers, seeds

    The Agriculture Department has taken adequate measures to ensure that there is no shortage of fertilizers and seeds during this season. For the cultivation of regular crops in 1.40 crore acres, a total of 18.47 lakh quintals of fertilizers have been allotted by the authorities. Additionally, 22.50 lakh quintals of fertilizers have been distributed at the field level. Apart from this, there is a significant availability of fertilizers with 4 lakh quintals. The availability of seeds has also been ensured. A total of 23.09 lakh tonnes of seeds have been made available. Among them, there are 9.40 lakh tonnes of paddy seeds, 9.14 lakh tonnes of urea, and 8 lakh tonnes of nano urea with equal amounts of 36-well tonnes of urea.

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    Awareness among farmers

    Farmers are being encouraged to adopt direct seeding (sowing seeds without transplantation) method so that water-intensive crops like paddy and pulses can be cultivated more. They are being educated about the cultivation of crops like maize, pulses, and mustard with limited use of water. The use of nano urea instead of DAP is also being taught to farmers. The Agriculture Department is promoting the use of city compost and green manure.

    Awareness about various pests, diseases

    Farmers are being educated about various pests and diseases that affect crops like paddy, maize, and jowar. They are being taught how to use drones for pest control and the use of hybrid seeds for different crops.

    Crop area for cultivation

    Crop                 Area (in lakh acres)

    Rice                                60

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    Maize                               55

    Pulses                             8

    Jowar                               8

    Soybean                          5

    Green gram                    1

    Minimum                  0.50

    Jowar                            0.80

    Ragi                              0.50

    Amaranth              0.25

    Other crops         0.95

    Horticultural crops  10.87

    Total                        150.87

    Available fertilizers

    Type             Quantity (in lakh tonnes)

    Urea                9.14

    DAP                2.30

    NPK                9.40

    MOP              1.25

    SSP                1.00

    Total            23.09

    With the availability of 36-well tonnes of urea, there is equal availability of 8 lakh tonnes of nano urea.

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