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What is the news?
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has informed Lok Sabha about the Seed Village Programme (Beej Gram Yojana).
What is a Seed Village Programme?
It was launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in 2014-15.
The programme is a key component of the Sub-Mission on Seeds & Planting Materials.
Aim: To upgrade the quality of farmer’s saved seeds.
Under this programme, financial assistance for distribution of foundation/certified seeds at 50% of seed cost for cereal crops and 60% for pulses, oilseeds, fodder and green manure crops is available for up to one acre per farmer.
What is Sub-Mission on Seeds & Planting Materials?
The mission aims to promote production and multiplication of quality seeds of agricultural crops so that the required quantities of seeds could be made available to farmers in the country.
Components: The various components under the mission include – a) Seed Village Programme, b) Establishment of Seed Processing- cum- Seed Storage Godowns at Gram Panchayat Level, c) National Seed Reserve, d) Boosting Seed Production in Private Sector and e) Strengthening of Quality Control Infrastructure Facilities.
Source: This post is based on the article ‘Beej Gram Yojana’ published in Indian Express on 22nd Dec 2021.