Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said that Telangana State is one of the few regions in the country where high-quality cotton is produced. The CM instructed the officials concerned to develop this cotton into a popular brand to increase its demand locally and globally. He directed the agriculture department to hold a conference with all the experts and specialists to discuss more plans.

To make sure that the cotton continues to be of top quality, he instructed the officials to advise cotton farmers on the right methods of picking cotton from the fields so that they are free of dust and other particles, and also suggest the best methods for packaging keeping international standards in mind.

"The cotton yield in Telangana State is around in 60 lakh acres which is the second highest in the country. The cotton staple grown in the state is the lengthiest in the country and so is its hardness. Cotton has a good market both locally and internationally. The yield is good when it was cultivated through irrigated water. Since there are many water projects under construction in the Telangana State, there is adequate availability of water for irrigation. Hence, if the cotton is grown under canals, it would be beneficial," the CM said.

"The state government has taken all measures to increase the demand for cotton in the market. Before the formation of Telangana State there were only 60 ginning mills, which were increased to 300 mills after the state's formation. Necessary arrangements are made to set up ginning mills at places where cotton is grown on a large scale," the CM added.

"New methods and new varieties of seeds are now available for cotton cultivation. There are seeds, which can produce a one-time cotton yield. They should be cultivated in the state," KCR suggested.

Speaking about other crops, the chief minister said that the government has taken measures to make sure that farmers cultivate profitable crops. "There is a lot of demand in the market for cotton, pulses, and oilseeds. Vegetables are also getting a good price. Cultivate more vegetable and increase the cultivation of red gram to 20 lakh acres, and oil palm to 8 lakh acres," the CM advised farmers.

The CM held a review meeting on agriculture on Monday at the Pragathi Bhavan. Agriculture Minister S. Niranjan Reddy, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Janardhan Reddy, Principal Secretary (Finance) Ramakrishna Rao, Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Srinivas Reddy, Commissioner Anil, CM Principal Secretary S. Narsing Rao, Secretaries Seshadri, Smita Sabharwal, Bhoopal Reddy and others participated.

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