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NFSM Advocates Increased Oilseeds Pulses Output

07 July 2014

INDIA - India’s General Council of the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) has advocated the increase of oilseeds and pulses production.

The decision was taken by the Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh recently.

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

The Council also approved taking up pulses under NFSM programme in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand and under the action plans that will invest $352 million in different states during 2014-15.

The Council also 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.

At the meet, Director Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI) made a presentation on the prospects of cultivation of hybrid rice in India and its role in increasing rice production.
Looking at the presentation, Singh directed that the feasibility of taking up production of seeds of hybrid varieties in different rice growing states may be explored.

There is a 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, the minister stressed.

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


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