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Scheme to promote cultivation of Highly Nutritious Crops

Scheme to promote cultivation of Highly Nutritious Crops




A pilot scheme on NutriFarms has been launched in 2013-14 with an outlay of Rs.200 croresto promote cultivation of bio-fortified food crops enriched with critical micro nutrients like iron-rich bajra, protein rich maize and zinc-rich wheat, etc. to improve the nutrition status of the most vulnerable sections of population of the country.



The programme is being implemented in 100 high malnutrition burden districts of 9 States namely, Assam (3), Bihar (12), Chhattisgarh (3), Jharkhand (1), Madhya Pradesh (25), Orissa (6), Rajashtan(16), Uttar Pradesh (32) & Uttarakhand(2).

Under the scheme, micro-nutrient rich cultivars of cereal and vegetable crops namely, rice, pearl millet, maize, finger millet, wheat, sweet potato are being promoted through cluster demonstrations. Arrangements are being made for procurement of the produce from such demonstrations and their supply/distribution among children for improving the nutrition level in the identified districts.



The State wise fund allocation areas under:-




Sl.No.

State

Allocation

(Rs. in crores)


1

Assam

5.67


2

Bihar

23.43


3

Chhattisgarh

5.67


4

Jharkhand

1.89


5

Madhya Pradesh

48.00


6

Odisha

11.34


7

Rajashtan

30.99


8

Uttar Pradesh

61.23


9

Uttarakhand

3.78








This information was given today by Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Dr. CharanDas Mahantin a written reply to LokSabhaquestions.



MP: CP: cultivation (lok) 18.2.2014

(Release ID :103831)







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