Dr. Naresh Kumar, Director Agriculture Department informed here today that the Department was moving ahead on the path of self-dependence. The Department is producing and distributing seeds to farmers. Earlier, the seeds of wheat, maize, grain, etc. were brought from outside the State.
Dr. Kumar said that the Department has prepared an action plan for the year 2021-22 for producing the seeds in the State to fulfill the requirement of the farmers. Keeping in view the demand of 1,08,000 quintal seeds by the farmers, a target of producing 96,855 quintal seeds in the State has been fixed for the year 2021-22. Nine registered farmer groups would produce about 95 thousands quintal seeds, which would be purchased by the Department and later distributed to other farmers of the State.
Agriculture Department would purchase the seeds of wheat at 26 percent higher rate, which would also boost the income of the farmer groups. Besides this, 1855 quintal seeds would be produced in the farms of farmers. He said that 40,650 quintal seeds of wheat were produced within the State and distributed to the farmers. The five registered farmer groups under the Department would produce three thousand seeds of grain and make it available to the farmers.
Farmers would be encouraged to produce seeds of two hybrid varieties of maize viz Chitkinu and white corn in District Chamba, so that it could be made available to maximum number of farmers.
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