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93 Seed Hubs Approved With an Outlay of Rs.13981.08 Lakh

NEW DELHI:  The central government has aproved 93 seed hubs at Indian Council of Agriculture Research Institutes (ICAR), State Agriculture Universities (SAUs), Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) with an outlay of Rs.13981.08 lakh. This was informed by the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, S.S Ahluwalia Tuesday in Lok Sabha.

15% of the allocation for pulses component of NFSM is earmarked for production of quality seed of pulses seeds through states. An incentive of Rs.25/- per kg is being provided for pulses seed production. 7.85 lakhs seed minikits of newer varieties of pulses have been targeted for distribution to the farmers free of cost during 2016-17.

For enhancing the production of breeder seed of pulses, an amount of Rs.2039 lakh has been approved for 12 ICAR institutes and SAUs. Cluster frontline demonstrations of pulses in 31000 ha have been allocated to 534 KVKs for the year 2016-17. The strengthening of production units of bio-fertilizers and bio-control agents has been planned.