Farming costs have skyrocketed with rising fuel prices, says Harish

Finance and Health Minister T. Harish Rao said the costs of farming have risen dramatically with the steady rise in fuel prices, which is putting a heavy strain on farmers and further eating away at their incomes as the investment for culture doubled instead of the income promised by Bharatiya. Janata Party (BJP).

Speaking in Banswada constituency, Kamareddy district on Friday, he said plowing an acre of land would cost ₹2,000 until the BJP came to power but had now passed from ₹5,000 to ₹6,000 while the price per liter of diesel increased to ₹110. from just ₹60. Similarly, hiring a paddy harvester would only cost ₹1,200 per acre in the past, while it had risen to ₹2,500 now.

Mr. Harish Rao has been involved in several development programs in Banswada constituency with Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, who represents the constituency. Among other things, he laid the foundation stone for the Jakora lift which is expected to irrigate around 6,000 acres.

He observed that the BJP and Congress leaders were unable to digest the growing irrigation potential in Telangana. The increase in paddy production to 2.59 crore tons per year from 99 lakh tons at the time of state formation was proof enough of the increase in irrigation potential.

However, the BJP government in the Center was conspiring to harm the interests of farmers in Telangana by creating hurdles in paddy supply by placing conditions on the type of customized milled rice, Mr. Harish Rao said and alleged that the Union minister for food and public supply had also insulted the people of Telangana and the ministers who went to him to represent the issue.

Apart from irrigation, several other farmer-friendly programs such as investment support of ₹10,000 per acre granted under Rythu Bandhu scheme, free 24-hour power supply, life insurance of 5 ₹ lakh for all farmers under the age of 60 under Rythu Bima plan, revival of minor irrigation reservoir system, availability of other inputs such as seeds and fertilizers on time also helped the agricultural sector to thrive in the state, contributing 21% to the GSDP, he explained.

Accusing the Center of conspiring to meter free energy supplied to farmers in Telangana in the name of reforms to benefit a few businesses, the minister said neighboring Andhra Pradesh was considering installing meters for agricultural connections in return for a loan of ₹7,000 crore Suite. However, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had vowed not to allow meters at agricultural connections.

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