New Delhi: “The NITI Aayog has drafted the three years action plan for all the sectors including agriculture. The action plan on agriculture deals with remunerative prices for farmers and raising productivity. The strategy has been chalked out for the increase in production of pulses, use of wasteland, seed village program and model contract farming,” mentioned the Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr Parshottam Rupala, in a written reply on the floor of the Parliament.
For the Increase in production of Pulses, the National Food Security Mission (NFSM-Pulses) is being implemented in 638 districts of 29 States in the country. The interventions covered under NFSM-Pulses include cluster demonstrations on improved package of practices, demonstrations on cropping system, distribution of High Yielding Varieties (HYVs), INM, IPM, resource conservation technologies/tools, efficient water application tools and cropping system based training for increasing production and productivity of pulses. Under this scheme, new initiatives have been taken up during 2016-17 i.e., the creation of seed hubs, breeder seed production, mini kit distribution, cluster frontline demonstrations etc.
For the Use of wasteland, the PMKSY is principally for the development of rainfed portions of net cultivated and culturable wastelands.
The schemes are demand driven and are being implemented by the States and concerned agencies for benefiting the farmers, said the Minister.