Patna: Bihar Agriculture Minister Nagmani on Tuesday said farmers would be given 50 per cent subsidy on the high yielding variety of seeds for Rabi crops -- wheat, gram and masur. Mr. Nagmani said initially two farmers from each of 45,000 villages in the State would be provided seeds at a subsidised rate under the Chief Minister Rapid Seed Extension Programme starting on October 16. Seeds would be distributed at Gandhi Maidan here during the Kisan Mela. “After Independence, it would be the first time when the farmers would get seeds of high yielding variety for Rabi crops at a subsidy of 50 per cent,” Mr. Nagmani told reporters here.

Under the scheme, Bihar State Seed Corp would distribute 18183 quintal seeds of wheat, 3580 quintals of gram and 3636 quintals of masur in Kisan Mela from October 16-20, Mr. Nagmani said.

Farmers would get packets of seeds of wheat (20 kg), gram (8 kg) and masur (4 kg) at Rs. 240, Rs. 188 and Rs. 106 respectively.

The Government has already begun to test soil condition and agricultural scientists would visit every village and give certificates to the farmers telling them about the suitability of their land for a particular crop , Mr. Nagmani said. -- PTI