Nearly 65 per cent of the state population depend upon agriculture as per the state government surveys and other figures. Despite this fact, TRS government has ignored the farm sector more than any other.
Out of 459 mandals 332 mandals have recieved deficient rainfall in the year 2014 as per the information provided by Dy CM MD Mahmood Ali in the Legislative Assembly.
In the year 2013-14 the net irrigation area in the state was 22.80 lakh hectares and it was 17.26 lakh hectares in the year 2014-15, nearly 24 per cent less than the previous.
Farmers have lost four crop seasons in a row and the current year is likely to register a negative growth of 13.3 per cent.
Few Facts of Farm Sector
Area under foodgrains has come down
|2014-15||26.13 lakh hectares|
|2015-16||20.46 lakh hectares|
|Overall production of food grains including cereals, millets and pulses|
|2014-15||72.20 lakh hectares|
|2015-16||49.35 lakh hectares|
Decrease in Production (Lakh Tonnes)
|Cereals & millets||69.55||46.85||-33%|
Ongoing Rabi season is likely to be even worse
|Normal Area||This Rabi Season||Decrease|
|10.08 Lakh Ha||5.32 Lakh Ha||-49%|
The State Government in Socio-Economic Outlook 2016 (Page No. 5) has admitted, “Agriculture sector has been experiencing negative growth in the last two years, on account of consecutive drought and structural rigidity. In other words, more than half of the State’s population is experiencing reduced income.”