Haryana acts to implement National Food Security Mission

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Chandigarh, Dec 7 (UNI) The Haryana Agriculture Department has chalked out a detailed programme for the implementation of the National Food Security Mission in 12 districts of the state to increase the production and productivity of wheat and pulse crops.

This was stated by Haryana Chief Secretary Promilla Issar after the first meeting of State Food Security Mission Executive Committee which was held to review the progress of National Food Security Mission in the state.

She said under this Mission, districts of Bhiwani, Ambala, Gurgaon, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Mahendragarh had been selected for wheat and Rohtak, Sonepat, Bhiwani, Hisar and Sirsa for pulse crops.

These districts have been selected on the bases of low productivity performance of these crops at present, but having good potential for increasing production, she added.

Ms Issar said the Union government had accorded approval for an amount of Rs 15.44 crore for wheat and Rs 2.15 crore for pulses under the National Food Security Mission.

She said 2,284 demonstrations had been organised and assistance of Rs 2,000 per demonstration in the form of critical inputs was being provided to the farmers.

Besides, a subsidy of Rs 500 per quintal on certified wheat seeds had also been given to motivate them to make use of certified seeds.

She said in order to replenish the micro-nutrients and sulphur deficiency, subsidy of Rs 500 per hectare on micronutrient and gypsum was being provided.

UNI

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