Strategy ready for next 3-year actions in agriculture sector!
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 09-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 9: Chalking out 3-years action plan for the agricultural sector, NITI Ayog has stressed on remunerative prices for farmers and raising productivity in the sector. The committee has planned for an increase in production of pulses, use of wasteland, seed village program and model contract farming. Including agriculture, NITI Ayog has drafted a plan for other sectors also.

Among the districts from 29 states, National Food Security Mission (NFSM-Pulses) is being implemented in 638 districts. Under this scheme, new initiatives have been taken up during 2016-17. The scheme includes the creation of seed hubs, breeder seed production, mini kit distribution, cluster frontline demonstrations.

For new plantation, good quality of seed is very important. To focus on this aspect, the financial assistance for distribution of foundation/certified seeds at 50% cost of the seeds for cereal crops and 60% for pulses, oilseeds, fodder and green manure crops for the production of quality seeds is now available for one acre per farmer.

In pursuance of the announcement in the Union budget 2017-18, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has constituted a Committee on 28.02.2017 to formulate a Model Contract Farming Act for adoption by the States. This Model Act on Contract Farming would address the constraints in promoting contract farming in a holistic manner by the States.