The state government has decided to set up the first of its kind Chilli Research Centre in Nallabelli mandal of Warangal district. In united Andhra Pradesh there was only one Chilli research centre that is located in Guntur district. The demand for one in Telangana has been on the cards. Now in Telangana, the government has decided to set up one.
A total of 30 acres of land was identified at Nallabelli Mandal. Warangal is known for the cultivation of Chilli most of which is exported to other states and countries. Chilli is extensively grown in Mahabubabad, Bhupalpally, Mulugu, Hanamkonda, Jangaon, adjoining Khammam district and other places. The Chilli variety – Chatpat is very popular and high in demand. The farmers also grow Badiga, LCA, Teja, Single Patti and other varieties of Chilli in the erstwhile Warangal district.
During his recent visit, Industries Minister K T Rama Rao instructed the officials to identify a suitable site for the Chilli Research Centre. The Centre will function under the Horticultural University. Scientists and field staff would be available all the time and they will guide the farmers in times of pest attack and for healthy growth of the crop and increased production.
By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao