Minister for Irrigation, Marketing and Legislative Affairs T Harish Rao on Saturday inaugurated a cotton purchase centre in the Agricultural Market at Gajwel.
Speaking on the occasion, Harish said the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) had opened 83 cotton purchase centres in Telangana State.
He informed that the unique programme of cotton purchase through cards had been launched in the State in order to put an end to the malicious practice of middlemen purchasing cotton directly from hapless farmers at throwaway prices and make hay.
Referring to the crop loan waiver issue, the Minister pointed out that the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh had waived only Rs 7,000 crore crop loan out of Rs 28,000 crore, whereas the Telangana government had cleared Rs 8,400 crore crop loan out of a total loan of Rs 17,000 crore.
Alleging that TDP chief and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was trying to sabotage Telangana’s Dindi and Palamur irrigation projects, Harish said TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy and CLP leader K Jana Reddy owed an explanation to the toiling farmers over their unholy alliance with the anti-Telangana TDP.
The Minister also pointed out that the TRS government had taken up construction of a warehouse to store 17,000 tonnes of food grains at a cost of Rs 1,024 crore after formation of Telangana State.
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