Raipur, July 31
Working extensively to promote production of lentils seed under National Food Security Mission, agriculture science centers of Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV), Raipur has produced 2232 quintal raw seed in 2016-17.
IGKV is working comprehensively to achieve the goal of producing 9800 quintal lentils seed in stipulated duration of coming two years (3450 quintal seed in 2017-18 and 4000 quintal seed in 2018-19).
As per information received from Information and Public Relations Officer Dr Krishna Kumar Sahu, to enhance production of lentils in the country, Agriculture Cooperative and Farmer Welfare Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Ministry has sanctioned three year-long ‘Seed Hub Project’ to IGKV under National Food Security Mission. A concrete action plan for production of lentils seed under the project have been chalked out under the guidance of IGKV vice-chancellor Dr SK Patil. A lentils production programme was carried out in 327.5 hectare land of six agriculture science centers in Kanker, Rajnandgaon, Surguja, Kawardha, Bhatapara and All India Integrated Pulses Research Project.
Science centers identified under the programme have been equipped with seed grader machine, said Dr Sahu.
Dr Sahu further added that under this three year-long project, the agriculture science centers have managed to produce 2232 quintal raw lentils seed in 2016-17 and fixed a goal of producing 3450 quintal seed in 2017-18 and 4000 quintal seed in 2018-19. In this project, different varieties of lentils seeds are being produced.
The objective of central government’s flagship scheme is to make India independent in terms of lentils production and reduce dependency on import of pulses, said Dr Sahu.
According to Dr Sahu, for seed production, these centers will be organizing seed production programme for farmers and going to develop infrastructure for seed processing and its storage. The entire project is being monitored by Indian Pulses Research Institute, Kanpur.