Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao conveyed his greetings to people in the state on the occasion of Ugadi (Telugu Plavanama New Year). He said, as predicted in the Telugu Almanac, there would be more importance given to water this new year, and water for irrigation would be made available in abundance in the state. He said that it is a good omen that even nature seems to be favouring the government's vision in this regard.

The CM said that Ugadi is known to be the beginning of the agriculture year and is primarily a festival of the farmers. The CM said that Ugadi welcomes the end of Fall and the beginning of the Spring season. Farmers start their agriculture operations beginning with the new year and it is an integral part of farmers' lives.

The CM said that it is an age-old tradition that on Ugadi people consume Ugadi Pacchadi, made of fresh neem flowers, tamarind, raw mango, sugarcane and other ingredients which symbolise the confluence of sweet, sour, and bitter tastes. This signifies the various divergent experiences one encounters in daily life.

He said that the people in Telangana who tasted bitterness under the united AP rule are now enjoying the sweet fruits under the Telangana state's self-rule. The CM reminded that water is harnessed, stored and then pumped to higher planes through lifts, tunnels, canals and barrages by major projects like the Kaleswaram, making the dream of one crore acre fertile lands in the state a reality. The project has won appreciation from many quarters. Even at the peak of the summer season tanks are brimming with water and helping farmers in the state to get bumper yields. The CM said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government came to the rescue of farmers by purchasing agricultural produce. Proving the critics wrong, the Telangana state stood first in the country in paddy yield and in the extent of land under cultivation.

The CM said that schemes like Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bhima have instilled confidence among the farmers and their families and brought new hope for them. The Telangana government had shouldered the responsibility of farmers from the sowing to the harvesting process. To unite and coordinate with farmers, the state government has formed Rythu Bandhu communities all over the state and constructed Rythu Vedikas in almost all the villages. The agriculture profession, which is labelled as a waste profession under the united AP, has now turned out to be a profitable profession under the Telangana state. The government is also giving priority to all the agriculture-allied professions. The CM said that the government is spending about Rs 50,000 crores a year on several welfare programmes and schemes launched for the farmers, and agriculture welfare includes loan waiver, 24-hour free power supply, and so on. The CM said it is the aim of the government to bring happiness to the farmers' lives and make them lead comfortable lives.

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