In order to increase the production of the pulses in the country, the government has been implementing through State Governments, the National Food Security Mission (NFSM)-Pulses since 2007-08. From 2016-17, NFSM-Pulses has been extended to 638 districts of 29 States.
“From 2015-16, pulses have also been included under the scheme “Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI)” as part of demonstrations under cropping systems based approach to target rice fallow areas,” Parshottam Rupala,Minister of State for Agriculture said while replying a query in Rajya Sabha on Friday.
The Agriculture Ministry informed that apart from NFSM and National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP), under Sub-Mission on Seeds and Planting Material (SMSP) of National Mission of Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET) a component namely “Seed Village Programme” is in operation to upgrade the quality of farm saved seed. Similarly under the component “certified seed production of pulses, oilseeds through seed village” financial assistance is available for distribution of foundation/certified seeds of pulses and for production of certified seeds of oilseeds.
“To encourage farmers to grow more pulses by ensuring remunerative prices, the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) of pulses have been increased over the years. To incentivize cultivation of pulses in the country, over and above the MSPs, during 2016-17, the Government has also announced a bonus of Rs.425/- per quintal for Kharif pulses, namely Arhar (Tur), Urad and Moong,” Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare said.
He said that during 2015-16, a total of 299 ICAR-KVKs were engaged for cluster demonstration on oilseeds. In 2016-17, 423 ICAR-KVKs will demonstrate improved varieties, crop production, protection technologies of oilseeds.
In order to enhance the production and productivity of pulses and oilseeds, Government of India is implementing schemes like National Food Security Mission-Pulses (NFSM) from 2007-08 and National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP) from 2014-15 in the country.
Under NFSM-Pulses and NMOOP financial assistance are provided to farmers through State Government for various interventions.
Under NFSM few new initiatives have been taken up for increasing production and productivity of pulses during 2016-17.
• 93 Seed Hubs have been created through ICAR, State Agricultural Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendras for ensuring the availability of new variety seeds.
• 15 per cent of the allocation of pulses under NFSM is earmarked for production of quality seeds through State Government.
• To increase the availability of breeder seed of pulses, ICAR Institute and State Agricultural universities have been supported.