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Paddy to be sown in 275,000 hectares

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: The Agriculture Department has, in anticipation of normal rainfall this season, estimated that paddy would be sown in 275,000 hectares, and is making arrangements to supply 137,500 quintals of seed required for that over the next couple of months. Half of that quantity will be supplied by AP State Seeds Development Corporation.

Cotton is expected to be grown in 180,000 hectares, but unlike in the case of paddy, the onus of supplying seed fully rests on private companies, as it is only Bt cotton that is being grown in the district for a long time. Chilli is expected to be cultivated in 62,000 hectares.

Arrangements have been made to supply 1,000 quintals of green gram seed, 500 quintals of red gram, 300 quintals groundnut, 150 quintals sesame and 100 quintals of black gram seed on 50 per cent subsidy through A.P Seeds.

Besides, 62,500 quintals of paddy seed was allocated to the district under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM). Under NFSM, 12,300 quintals of paddy seed has already been made available for distribution, according to Joint Director of Agriculture Y. Pulla Reddy.

Seed sufficient for only five acres will be supplied to each farmer upon his/her complying with established procedure.

The price of groundnut seed under the subsidy scheme is Rs 36 per kilo, red gram Rs 28, green gram Rs 30 and black gram Rs 33.50. 

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