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Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
01-March-2011 16:42 IST
Government is Monitoring Food Prices

Government is constantly monitoring the food prices in the country. Several measures have been taken including ensuring adequate availability of food items such as vegetables, moong, masoor, maize etc. As a result, food inflation has come down from 13.07% (provisional) on 29.1.2011 to 11.05% during the week ended 5th February 2011.

For increasing productivity and production of foodgrain crops in the country, various crop development schemes and programmes like National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Integrated Scheme of Oilseed, Pulses, Maize and Oilpalm (ISOPOM), Integrated Cereals Development Programme for Rice/Wheat/Coarse Cereals under Macro Management of Agriculture and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) are being implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation through State Governments.

In 2010-11, in addition to above mentioned schemes, two new programmes relating to bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India and integrated development of 60000 Pulses and Oilseeds Villages in rainfed areas have been initiated under RKVY. National Food Security Mission has been strengthened with the merger of pulses component of ISOPOM and inclusion of two new potential States of Assam and Jharkhand for pulses production. A new programme Accelerated Pulses Production Programme (A3P) in the form of block demonstrations has been started to cover 1000 unit of 1000 hectare each of five pulses crops in 16 pulse growing States of the country. As per Second Advance Estimates, compared to previous year food grain production has significantly increased particularly for pulses and oilseed crops.

Under National Horticulture Mission, intercropping of vegetables with fruits is being encouraged to increase per unit production and to ensure steady supply of vegetable to the consumers. Similarly, intercropping of pulses with pulses; pulses with cotton, sugarcane etc. is encouraged under pulses component of National Food Security Mission.

Under National Horticulture Mission, an initiative for establishing dedicated vegetable farm clusters around all state capitals and urban centers with population greater than 10 lakhs is under consideration. Under National Food Security Mission, Panchayati Raj Institutions are actively involved in selection of beneficiary and identification of priority areas for the implementation of Mission interventions

This information was given by Shri Arun Yadav, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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