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NFSM council approves Rs. 2100 cr for production increase of oilseeds, pulses

India Blooms News Service | 26 Jun 2014, 04:45 am
New Delhi, June 25 (IBNS): The General Council of the National Food Security Mission (NFSM), which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, approved action plans of different states for Rs. 2100 crore for 2014-15.

The Council also approved taking up pulses under NFSM programme in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

It approved taking up demonstrations of inter-cropping of food grains with oilseeds which was not part of the mission activities till now. This has been done to put focus on increasing production of oilseeds, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement.

The General Council reviewed the performance of NFSM in 2013-14. Four States i.e. Maharashtra, UP, Bihar and Tamil Nadu made presentation on their performance in NFSM.

Director CRRI made a presentation on the prospects of cultivation of hybrid rice in India and its role in increasing rice production.

The Agriculture Minister directed that the feasibility of taking up production of seeds of hybrid varieties in different rice growing states may be explored.

The Minister also emphasized upon taking up more demonstrations of improved technologies in pulses production in rain-fed areas in different parts of the country.

Singh stressed upon the need to take up soil testing and providing soil health cards to individual farmers, especially small and marginal farmers. This will help farmers in making informed decisions on inputs to be applied, resulting in better productivity and cost effectiveness.

NFSM council approves Rs. 2100 cr for production increase of oilseeds, pulses

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