Pulses production, which hit a bad trough in the district during the last financial year, is finally ready to get a booster dose as the Department of Agriculture is set to procure and distribute 116 metric tonnes of improved varieties of seeds to farmers at subsidised rates.

According to official statistics, the area under pulses varieties like green gram, black gram, cow pea, red gram, and Bengal gram came down from 25,261 ha in 2010-11 fiscal to 20,776 ha in 2011-12 financial year.

The initiative now planned of extending attractive incentives to farmers both during procurement and distribution of seeds by utilising funds through convergence of various government-sponsored schemes, is expected to enthuse the farmers to expand the area coverage significantly.

Select farms

“We will be procuring the certified seeds directly from select farms by paying farmers 20 per cent above the local market rate (LMR) in the case of certified seeds and 30 per cent above LMR in the case of foundation seeds,” Joint Director of Agriculture Mohammed Kalimullah Sherif told The Hindu .

Agriculture department set to procure and distribute 116 metric tonnes of seeds