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Telangana provided food security to India even in pandemic, says CM K Chandrasekhar Rao | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said Telangana stood first in the country in food production by producing three crore metric tonnes of foodgrains. He also said Telangana has not only achieved food security but also become a source of food security for the country. KCR said even during the pandemic, the crops cultivated by Telangana farmers have provided food security to the country.
Greeting people on the occasion of World Food Safety Day, the CM said within a short span of time, Telangana was able to create fertile land in two crore acres which is yielding two crops. He said the government is making efforts to turn Telangana into a ‘rice bowl of the country’ (Annapurna).

He said fine quality rice is given to students and ration card portability is created so that ration cardholders can draw their ration anywhere in the state. “This has provided total food security to the needy,” he pointed out.
He said the state government has introduced several welfare schemes by spending Rs 45,000 crore to provide food, social and life security to people. He said the region faced famine and starvation when rulers of united AP governed.
He also said measures were being taken by the government to supply meat, eggs and fish to people. “The state government has been implementing the sheep rearing scheme and encouraging fruit and vegetable production. Thanks to the efforts, people in the state are getting food, which is safe and secured. The government is waging a war against adulteration of food items and dealing with an iron hand on spurious seeds, fertilisers and pesticides manufacturers and sellers,” the CM said.
The CM said Telangana was able to become number one state in paddy production in the country by completing all major irrigation projects like Kaleshwaram and reviving and restoring tanks under Mission Kakatiya programme.
The CM said in the state, each person is being given 6 kg of rice through a food security card (Ration Card). Of the total 87,41,000 ration card-holding families, 2,79,27,000 (72 per cent of the state’s population) are given 20 lakh metric tonnes of rice at Re 1 per kg per year.

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