Government has announced an allocation of Rs. 300 crores in 2011-12 under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana for promotion of millets as Nutri-cereals. Scheme on Initiative for Nutrition Security through Intensive Millets Promotion has been formulated to operationalize the announcement.
The scheme aims to demonstrate the improved production and post-harvest technologies in an integrated manner with visible impact to catalyze increased production of millets in the country. Besides increasing production of millets, the Scheme through processing and value addition techniques is expected to generate consumer demand for millet based food products. The Scheme will be implemented from Kharif 2011.
Technology demonstrations in compact blocks would be organized in selected districts for four categories of millets – Sorghum, Pearl millet, Finger millet and Small millets.
Provisioning of inputs:
Technology demonstration kits of critical inputs of nutrients and plant protection measures comprising of micro-nutrients, fungicides and bio-fertilizers, DAP, urea, potash and pesticides including weedicides at a total cost of Rs. 3,000/- per ha for sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet and Rs. 2,000/- per ha for small millets would be supplied to all the farmers in the units. These kits would be supplied free of cost to the beneficiary farmers subject to maximum area of 2 hectare
Eligibility for assistance:
The critical inputs in the form of free kits will be available to all the selected beneficiaries for area upto 2 hectares each.
Assistance for Seed Production:
- To promote new varieties/hybrids and to augment the availability of seed and to make the cost affordable to the farmers, it is proposed to provide an incentive of Rs. 3,000/- per quintal for hybrid and Rs. 1000/per quintal HYVs, of which 75% incentive would be passed on to the farmers and 25% to the seed producing agencies towards their handling and processing charges.
- The hybrids/varieties released during last 5 years would only qualify for the assistance.
- Seed production may be organised both under public and private sectors.
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