All thanks to the concerted efforts of the Telangana government and farmer-friendly initiatives like Mission Kakatiya, the state has seen a significant increase in the area under cultivation.
In 2014-15, cultivated area in the state was 62.48 lakh acres, which stands at 1.35 crore acres in 2020-21. In just 7 years, Telangana added 72.52 lakh acres of area under cultivation.
The increase can be attributed to completion of irrigation projects, rejuvenation of tanks under Mission Kakatiya and construction of check dams. Just with one Kaleshwaram Project, the KCR government has brought 18.25 lakh acres under cultivation.
Other irrigation projects such as J Chokka Rao, Sitarama, Rajeev Bheema, Mahatma Gandhi Kalwakurthy, and Jawahar Nettempadu have served an ayacut of almost 18 lakh acres. Once the projects like Palamuru-Ranga Reddy and Devadula are completed, another 15.91 lakh acres of land will be irrigated.
Also, abundant rainfall and new irrigation projects have led to the rise of groundwater in the state by a record 4.41 meters.