Hyderabad: On the occasion of World Food Safety Day on 7 June, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao recalled the efforts of the state government to turn Telangana, that had faced famine and starvation under the united AP rule, into the "rice bowl of the country" (Annapurna).

KCR said Telangana ranked number one in paddy production and during the pandemic, crops cultivated by Telangana farmers had ensured the country's food security.

The CM said measures taken by the government in supplying nutritious meat, eggs, and fish to people have yielded good results. The state is implementing sheep rearing schemes and encouraging fruits and vegetable production, he said. Due to these efforts, people in the state are getting food which is safe, KCR said, adding that the government is waging a war against adulteration of food items.

Keeping in view the increase in diabetes cases in Telangana, the state government has prepared Telangana Sona variety of rice and cultivation of this variety is being promoted all over the state, he said, adding the state produced three crore metric tonnes of food grains, ranking first in the country.

Telangana government has introduced several welfare schemes at a cost of Rs. 45,000 crore, KCR added. In order to ensure that no one goes hungry, each person in the state is given six kg rice through ration cards. Of the total 87,41,000 ration card-holding families, 2,79,27,000 (72 per cent of the state's population) are being given 20 lakh MT of rice at Re. 1 per kg per year. For this, the state government is providing a subsidy of Rs. 2,088 crore.

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