Pulse Seeds Minikits to be distributed under NFSM to boost Pulse Production in India

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In all the major pulse growing states, mini kits of seeds are being distributed under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) and the district wise allocation and distribution of seed mini kits are managed by the respective State Government.

The Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) is implemented by the States under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM). The States transfer the benefit to the targeted beneficiaries through DBT by using Aadhar enabled system.
Moreover, many other states viz., Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, etc have reported Aadhaar enabled distribution of seed mini kits. The production and productivity of pulses under the seed mini kits programme are primarily monitored by State Government field functionaries and State Food Security Mission Executive Committee (SFSM-EC) headed by Chief Secretary/Agriculture Production Commissioner. Besides, field visits of seed mini kits fields are also undertaken by National Level Monitoring Teams (NALMOTS) constituted by The Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.

Hence, the various interventions carried under the NFSM-Pulses programme have increased the pulse production from 16.32 million metric tonnes in 2015-16 to 25.56 million metric tonnes in 2020-21 (3rd Advance Estimates). The productivity of pulses has also increased from 655 kg/ha to 878 kg/ha during the same period.

The aforesaid information has been given by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar during Lok Sabha in written on 20 July 2021.