Hybrid seed mini-kits will be distributed for free by Govt
Under a special program by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare approved 8,20,600 mini kits, consisting of the seed of high yielding varieties of productivity of more than 20 quintals per hectare, for distribution in 343 identified districts of 15 states.
Narendra Singh Tomar launched the programme today by distributing mustard seed mini kits worth about Rs.2 crore in the Morena and Sheopur districts of Madhya Pradesh.
The program has been started under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) – Oil Seed and Oil Palm Scheme. Union Minister, Tomar informed that after the micro-level plan for the major mustard producing states of the country, approval has been given to implement the mini-kit distribution of rapeseed and mustard seeds this year.
This programme will cover various districts of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Tripura, apart from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, a release said, adding, “Rs.1,066.78 lakh have been allotted for this programme.”
He said that the districts of Morena and Sheopur, Banaskantha (Gujarat), Hisar (Haryana), Bharatpur (Rajasthan), and Etah and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) have been selected for distribution of hybrid seed mini kits under the pilot project this year.
In these seven districts of five states, 1,20,000 mini kits will be prepared and distributed. Each district will be given 15,000-20,000 mini kits.
In addition to the regular programme, three TL hybrid high-yielding varieties of mustard have been selected for mini kit distribution. The selected varieties are JK-6502, Champion, and Dawn. The objective of the Seed Mini Kit programme is to polarise the new varieties with high yield potential and other useful features.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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