Biotechnology for Cotton Cultivation

bioThe farmers in Warangal asked the state government to make modern biotechnology based advancements in cotton cultivation available to cotton growers.

A rally from Kakatiya University Arts and Science College to the Collectorate was taken by farmer and submitted memorandum to the District Administration in support of their demand.

In Telangana state majority of farmers about 65 to 70 % are based on cotton cultivation.

Due to employment guarantee scheme has led to non-availability of agricultural laborers.

Gopu Somi Reddy said weed management in cotton crop has become a big challenge, led the farmers’ rally.

The weeds cause heavy financial loss by consuming water and costly fertilizers meant for main crop. Hence the state government should come up with plans to introduce biotechnology based weed control mechanism for the benefit of cotton farmers. The government should help the cotton farmers by brining such technology at their doorsteps, he added.

Somi Reddy, the president of Pratapa Rudra Mutually Aided Cooperative Credit and Marketing Federation Limited, sought hike in the minimum support price for cotton.

The leaders of Rythu Sangham demanded the government to set up a cotton research centre and a textile unit in Warangal district for the benefit of farmers and to create employment opportunities.

Medaram Jathara

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