Seed Mini-kits programme rolls out to improve farm productivity
New Delhi, Oct 13: Farmers in major agriculture producing states will be given ‘seed mini-kits’ for free to increase production and productivity by increasing the seed replacement rate, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday said.
He said 8.20 lakh kits will be distributed in 343 identified districts in 15 major producing states. He was addressing a gathering at Morena in Madhya Pradesh, where he distributed kits worth Rs 2 crore.
The kits consist of high yield variety seeds and will be implemented with an outlay of Rs 1066.78 lakh.
The identified states are Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Tripura.
He said states such as MP, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh have been selected for distribution of hybrid kits under the pilot project during this year.
According to media reports, the Minister said the objective of the programme is to popularise new varieties with high yield potential and other useful features. This will encourage farmers in the neighbours, which will lead to high yield. It is being carried out under the National Food Security Mission.