D.K. Kishan Rao
The National Food Security Mission is being implemented in the district
Raichur: The National Food Security Mission (NFSM) is being implemented in the district this year with an objective of increasing the production and productivity of rice and pulses on a sustainable basis through modern technologies and farm management methods.
Sources in the Agriculture Department said that the State Government had approved a Rs. 1.13-crore action plan to improve rice productivity through field demonstration programmes and production of seeds in 17,240 hectares of land and another Rs. 1.06-crore plan to take up seed production in 6,566 hectares for expansion of area under pulses cultivation through inter-cropping.
The scheme, which was launched in 2007-08, was being implemented in the district with the cooperation of the zilla panchayat, which acted as an agency in the identification of priority areas for rice and pulses programmes and selection of beneficiaries. The programmes for rice and pulses cultivation would be implemented through selected progressive farmers, self-help groups of farmers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), they said.
The sources said that the programmes for rice and pulses production would be implemented during this kharif season in the district under various components.
The zilla panchayat had been entrusted with the task of selecting beneficiaries and identifying priority areas for implementation of programmes under the mission.
The allocation of assistance for rice development programmes included Rs. 2 lakh for demonstration of modern farming methods in 80 hectares, Rs. 1.50 lakh for demonstration of system of rice intensification (SRI) in 50 hectares, Rs.7.50 lakh for demonstration of hybrid rice technology in 250 hectares, Rs. 1.20 lakh for production of 40 quintals of hybrid paddy seeds, Rs. 1 lakh for distribution of 50 quintals of hybrid paddy seeds, Rs.50 lakh for distribution of 10,000 quintals of high yielding paddy seeds, Rs. 10 lakh for providing incentives for micro nutrients in 2,000 hectares, Rs. 7.50 lakh for providing incentives for application of lime in acidic soil in 1,500 hectares, Rs. 15 lakh for providing assistance for plant protection chemicals and bio-pesticides in 3,000 hectares, Rs. 7.50 lakh for providing 250 farm implements, Rs. 3.40 lakh for training 20 farmers and Rs. 6.36 lakh for miscellaneous expenditure of the project management team, the sources said.
The allocation of assistance made in respect of pulses development programmes included Rs. 15 lakh for purchase of 2,000 quintals of seeds, Rs. 75 lakh for production of 750 quintals of breeder and certified seeds, Rs. 3.40 lakh for distribution of 283 quintals of certified seeds, Rs. 1.80 lakh for integrated nutrient management in 240 hectares, Rs.1.92 lakh for purchase of micro nutrients implements for 50 hectares, Rs. 60 lakh for extension training and mass media campaign for the benefit of 353 farmers, Rs.7.50 lakh for miscellaneous expenditure of the project management team, Rs.7.50 lakh towards expenditure of 1,500 technical assistants and Rs. 75,000 towards contingency expenditure, they said.
The sources said that the Agriculture Department was providing training to nodal agencies and implementing officials in the district.
The department had to submit reports on the implementation of rice and pulses programmes to the State Government periodically and submit utilisation certificates on the implementation of the programmes for reimbursement of the expenditure incurred according to the guidelines under the project.