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Telangana to make most of rurban scheme

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Hyderabad: The State government will soon have its own cold storages and processing units for several produce to benefit the farmers in large scale.

The Panchayat Raj and Agriculture Departments have started work in this regard with the help of Central government under National Rurban scheme. Already, the State government is giving a big boost to the agriculture and working towards doubling the farmers’ income with novel initiatives.

Now, the State government has decided to fully utilise the Centre-sponsored rurban scheme to set up cold storages and processing units in rural areas to help farmers during price collapse of the produce. Panchayat Raj Minister Jupally Krishna Rao recently met Union Minister for Panchayat Raj Narendra Sing Tomar and requested to sanction more units to the State.

Substantially, the Union government has earmarked Rs 1,400 crore for food processing units and mentioned setting up of 42 more mega food parks in the 2018-19 budget.

So far, the Central government sanctioned 16 clusters to the State during three phases. Now, the PR Department officials have already identified the locations for the setting up of clusters. Under the first phase, onion, mango, dairy, red gram and soya processing units and cold storages were sanctioned to State, Panchayat Raj Minister Jupally Krishna Rao told Telangana Today.

Rao said the construction works pertaining to clusters was under various stages and within six months, the works would be almost completed. The government is primarily focusing on onion and tomato cold storage units as the price of these two crops is most fluctuating and it will benefit the farmers. Under the phase, the department is trying to set up 2-3 fish cold storage units.

The Minister wanted the department officials to identify most prominent areas to set up cold storage and processing units in the rural areas. The department is also planning to handover the cluster’s maintenance responsibility to self-help groups.

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