Foodgrains production up
The Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh said that increased expenditure has led to increase in production of the foodgrains
Radha Mohan Singh addressed officials at the National Food Security Mission’s (NFSM) 13th General Council meeting. He said that the fourth estimates has revealed record foodgrain production at 275.68 million tonnes comprising of 110.15 mn tonnes paddy, 98.38 mn tonnes wheat, 22.95 mn tonnes pulses and 44.19 mn tonnes coarse cereal. All the three MoS – Parshottam Rupala, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, and Krishna Raj were present at the meeting.
Singh shared activities of National Food Security Mission which are – 638 districts of 29 states grew pulses in 2016-12 against 468 districts of 16 states in 2012-13, coarse cereals were included in 12th scheme, NFSM-coarse cereal is being implemented in 265 districts of the country since 2014-15.
The council took these decisions at the meeting – allocation of additional funds to target pulse cultivation in the rice fallow areas, allocation of funds by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes for Front Line Demonstration of rice, wheat, pulses and coarse cereals by various Krishi Vigyan Kendras, distribution of seeds mini kits and assistance to the central agencies for the production of certified seeds of pulses, under National Food Security Mission pulse programme – promotion of beekeeping with arhar dal during Front Line Demonstration, additional fund allocation for production of breeder seeds of pulses and creation of seed hubs.
Singh concluded by saying that increased expenditure has led to increase in production of the foodgrains.
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