Monday, November 29, 1999

Govt to focus on boosting rice production in eastern states

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New Delhi, June 16 (PTI) Farmers in eastern states will be encouraged to go for new high-yielding seeds varieties to boost rice production under the government''s Rs 400 crore programme to extend the Green Revolution to this region. In this year''s Budget, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had allocated an additional Rs 400 crore under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana for extending the Green Revolution to Bihar, Jharkhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and West Bengal. "The scheme has kickstarted. During the current kharif season, paddy-growing eastern states will look at sowing new varieties under this scheme," Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Deputy Director-General (Crop Sciences) S K Datta said. He said the sowing of rice varieties like Soubhagya and Swarna Sub-1 is expected to go up in these regions, which will result in higher production of rice. In order to implement the scheme, a preliminary meeting with the agriculture secretaries of all the six states was held in March. It was brought out in the meeting that the eastern region primarily follows a rice-based farming system and, therefore, efforts should be made to increase the rice yield. Datta said the Centre has convened the next meeting with these states in Varanasi (UP) on July 8 to discuss strategies for increasing rice production. It would be attended by the agriculture secretaries of these states. India''s rice production in the 2009-10 crop year is expected to be 89.31 million tonnes, lower than 99.18 million tonnes in the previous year. Rice production was impacted in the 2009-10 crop year by a severe drought that hit almost half the country.

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