Aiming to increase farm productivity in the country, the government has released Rs. 181.35 crore till May this year under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana scheme to extend green revolution to the Eastern states.

Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are covered under this scheme with a total allocation of Rs. 400 crore.

“Rs. 181.35 crore have been released to seven states for extending green revolution to East India in the current financial year (2011-12) as on June 1, 2011,” an official statement said.

Extending the green revolution to Eastern India is a sub-scheme under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for this fiscal and was introduced in the last financial year, it said.

The programme targets improvement in the rice based cropping system in the selected states, it added.

Eastern India with more rainfall compared to the North-west regions in the country, unexploited good quality ground water aquifers has an advantage for sustainable production of rice, banana, sugarcane and aquaculture, the statement said.

However, the agricultural productivity in this region is dismally low in spite of the adequate availability of natural resources required for higher production, it added.

The scheme aims to increase the crop productivity of the region by intensive cultivation through promotion of suitable agricultural technologies and practices, it added.