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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Agriculture DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & COOPERATION
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1889 TO BE ANSWERED ON 26/11/2011 Dry Land Farming
1889. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR: Will the Minister of Agriculture be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government provides funds for pulses and oilseed villages in rain fed areas and for water harvesting, watershed management and soil health to enhance productivity of the dry land farming areas;
(b) if so, the details thereof; and
(c) the share of Karnataka in this regard during last three years, year wise?
ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION (SHRI K.V. THOMAS)
(a) & (b): Yes, Sir. A Special Initiative for Pulses & Oilseeds in Dryland Areas by organizing 60,000 Pulses and Oilseeds Villages in Rainfed areas has been taken up during 2010-11 as a sub-scheme under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana with an outlay of Rs. 300 crore. The sub-scheme is being implemented in seven major oilseeds & pulses states including Karnataka in the identified 6000 clusters covering 60000 villages in hub & spoke model. During the current year, States are creating farm mechanization hubs to provide services on custom hiring services to pulses and oil seeds growers largely. The States are also dovetailing supply of critical inputs available under oil seeds development programme of ISOPOM and pulses production programs of NFSM for supplementing the efforts for enhancing the productivity in identified villages and fields.
(c): Karnataka has been allocated a sum of Rs.33.00 crore for 2010-11. Rs.16.50 crore has been released to the State as first installment.