Telangana Minister for Agriculture P. Srinivas Reddy announced the launch of a radio channel for agriculture titled ‘Telangana Chenu Kaburlu’, to be run by farmers and students of Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, on January 26.
Taking part in the inaugural ceremony of ‘Telangana Young Farmers Cultivation’ programme in the university, Mr. Reddy said the training programme would strengthen agriculture and the farming community by imparting technical and scientific information.
Beginning with 330 farmers, the programme will be extended to all young cultivators in the villages, he said, and urged scientists to prepare them for the organic way of farming.
A resolution will be passed by the State Assembly towards changes in the crop insurance policy, so that the farmer hit by natural calamities is taken as the unit for disbursement of compensation, Mr. Reddy said.
Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Poonam Malakondaiah, said the young farmers undergoing training would be taken to other States and even abroad for field trips.
Marketing, power, fisheries, dairy, horticulture, mechanisation of agriculture, post-harvest operations, and availing loans, apart from farming techniques, will be part of the training. Training will also be imparted towards personality development and improving communication skills.
Certificates will be awarded to farmers who complete training, and January 5 will be observed as Young Farmers’ Day, she said.