The government has decided to allocate additional funds to target pulse cultivation in the rice fallow areas of Eastern States and more funds will also be made available for the pulses & oilseeds cultivation to tackle wheat blast disease in the West Bengal.
The decision was taken during the the 13th General Council meeting of NFSM. It was decided by the Council to allocate funds via the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes for Frontline Demonstration of rice, wheat, pulses and coarse cereals by various Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh chaired the meeting. All the three Ministers of State -Parshottam Rupala, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, and Krishna Raj– were present at the meeting.
Addressing the members of the Council, Singh said that the fourth Estimates has revealed record food grain 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.
He said that in 2016-17, 638 districts of 29 states grew pulses against 468 districts of 16 states in 2012-13 and coarse cereals were included in 12th scheme. NFSM-coarse cereal is being implemented in 265 districts of 28 states since 2014-15.
The Minister said that increased expenditure has led to increase in production of the food grains.
During the meet the 12th Meeting of the Council on January17, 2017 several decisions were taken. During the 13th Meeting those decisions were were reviewed and plans were approved by the Council.
Other decisions taken by the Council :
•Distribution of seeds mini kits and assistance to the central agencies for the production of certified seeds of pulses
•Experiment of TL seeds developed by the ICAR, under seed hub program during 2016-17 and their implementation during Frontline Demonstration in 2017-18
•Under NFSM pulse program, promotion of beekeeping with arhar dal during Frontline Demonstration
•Approval for extension of all the projects approved under NFSM till 2016-17
•Additional fund allocation for production of breeder seeds of pulses and creation of seed hubs.
•Funds approved for the year 2015-16 agricultural awards
•Presentations by states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.