Hyderabad: State government efforts to motivate farmers to switch to alternative crops following the Centre’s decision not to purchase paddy appear to be yielding the desired results. Like many farmers, V Anand from Chapta village (K) in the Kangti mandal of Sangareddy district has grown garlic and peanuts respectively on one acre and 1.5 acres on his three acres this season.
Anand decided to get into these crops after his experience growing garlic in two guntas (0.02 acres) the last Yasangi brought in a good profit. “The investment for growing rice is higher than for growing legumes, oilseeds and other crops. In terms of labor for the paddy cultivation and the duration of the harvest, it is almost the same, but the profits are higher for these crops and others than for the paddy, ”said Anand. at Telangana Today.
Based on the recommendations of the agricultural extension agent G Santosh of the last Yasangi, he invested around 2,000 rupees, including the preparation of the soil, seeds and sowing, fertilizer and harvest for the cultivation of the garlic on 0.02 acres.
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Anand’s garlic yield was around 100 kg, which he sold on the open market for 8,000 rupees. After deducting the Rs 2,000 investment, the profit was around Rs 6,000. Based on the success of his experience, he decided this time to grow garlic on an acre. “I expect a yield of around 15 to 20 cwt and of course my profits will also be very encouraging,” he said.
Inspired by him, many farmers in the neighboring Mandal of Kalher now cultivate crops of corn, peanuts and sunflowers over a considerable area. “The government has recommended the cultivation of alternative crops and given the investments, manpower involved and most importantly the profits, it makes sense to grow legumes, oilseeds, peanuts and l garlic instead of paddy, ”he added.
The Kangti AEO G Santosh cluster said training programs were underway for farmers to grow alternative crops. “Many farmers are responding positively and growing sesame, peanuts and other crops,” he said.
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