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Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
20-December-2011 17:53 IST
No Shortage of Quality Seeds
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No shortage of good quality seeds has been felt in the country. The details of availability of certified/quality seed against the requirement in the country for the last three years is as under:-

 

                                                                Quantity in Lakh Quintals

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

R*

A*

R*

A*

R*

A*

249.12

279.72

290.76

321.36

330.41

353.62

 

                                    R* Requirement       A*Availability

 

            The Government is already implementing a Central Sector Scheme titled “Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seeds”. Under this scheme there is a separate component “Establishment and Maintenance of Seed Bank” for meeting the requirement of seeds during natural calamities like flood, drought. and other unforeseen conditions and also to meet the shortage of seeds, if any, in the country.  Seed Banks maintain seed stock of foundation and certified seeds of short and medium duration varieties which are locally suited to the area and are able to withstand stress of heat, submergence etc. The scheme is implemented through State   Seeds Corporations, State   Governments and two national seed producing Public Sector Undertakings namely National Seeds Corporation of India (NSC) and State Farms Corporation of India (SFCI).    Government provides revolving fund to the implementing agencies for procurement of raw seeds and reimbursement of the expenditure incurred on the maintenance of seeds including transportation, grading & packing, insurance and seed losses during storage.

 

             

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

 

 

 

MP:SB: CP: seeds (20.12.2011)