The Telangana Government has asked the farmers to go for crops that require less water.

Enquiry meeting was held on Tuesday by State Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy and Principal Secretary Poonam Malakondaiah with officials to take reserve of the kharif crops and talk about rabi plan.

The losses caused by the untimely rains last week and measures to be taken to help farmers to sell cotton were also discussed in the meeting. The unexpected rains in the State damaged crops and the produce in several tehsils.

Shortage of power supply is forcing the state it to enforce whole day power cuts in villages. During rabi availability of powerDuring could be even more difficult.

The Government has suggested the farmers to go for Kharif crops that require less water and, in turn, demand less power. “Farmers are advised to plan their crops in such a manner that they would go for harvesting by March 15 when temperatures begin to rise,” an official of the Department of Agriculture said.

In the combined State, paddy was grown in an average 15 lakh ha and produced about 55 lakh.Paddy is grown in 6.50 lakh hectares in Telangana out of the total harvested area of 13 lakh hectares is in Telangana. The rest of the area is shared by maize (1.52 lakh hectares), bengal gram (1 lakh hectares), ground nut (1.7 lakh hectares).

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