New Delhi: Jute Corporation of India has distributed 731 MT certified jute seeds among farmers in FY 2021-22. From 2015-16 to 2020-21, the National Jute Board under the I-CARE scheme has distributed 3459 MT certified jute seeds at a subsidized rate.
All India Coordinated Research Project – National Seeds Project (AICRP-NSP) under ICAR produces breeder seed for cotton.
During the year 2020-21, 22.8 quintals of breeder seed were produced and supplied to the indenting agencies for the production of foundation seed. Similarly, ICAR Seed Project augments the quality of seed production in the country.
During the year 2020-21, 2.4 quintals of foundation seed, 9.2 quintals of certified, and 295.4 quintals of truthfully labeled seed were produced under this project. The quality seed of cotton produced during the year 2020-21 were made available to farmers for Kharif 2021 sowing.
The Government of India has issued orders that 100% foodgrains and 20% sugar is required to be packed compulsorily in jute bags. The order further stipulates that in case of any shortage or disruption in the supply of jute packaging material or case of any other contingency or exigency, the Ministry of Textiles may, in consultation with the user Ministries concerned, allow further dilution of packaging material up to a maximum of thirty percent.
The requirement of jute bags, actual supply by jute mills, and granting relaxation for use of HDPE/PP bags in the last Rabi: 2020-21, Kharif: 2020-21 & Rabi: 2021-22 seasons are furnished below:-
In: ‘000’ bales
|Requirement of Jute bags||2336||2387||2534|
|Actual supply by Jute mills||1310||1444||1086|
|Relaxation for HDPE/PP bags||701||364||770|
In addition to the above and in order to overcome the crisis situation in arranging packaging material for packing food grains, the indenting agencies have been allowed to use once used jute bags manufactured in India.
This information was given in a written reply by the Minister of State for Textiles Smt. Darshana Jardosh in Lok Sabha ON 30 July 2021.