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Jharkhand self-dependent in seed production, record 3 lakh quintals produced: CS


Ranchi, Jan. 19: Reviewing Agriculture Department, Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma here on Thursday said that agriculture plans should be made by the department so as to suit the soil and atmosphere of different districts of the state.

Cluster-wise schemes should be made for the agriculture of groundnut, beans and til (sesame seeds) and 50 hectare cluster work-plan should be made to ensure timely agriculture in the next financial years.

Verma said that special crops can be produced in Dumka, Latehar, Garhwa and other districts and that agricultural area should be expanded.

She said a report should be prepared and sent to the department how much production can be increased. She asked the department officials concerned to give licence of chemical fertilizers to ARYA members and tag them with MUDRA scheme. She said that for the first time, the state has become self dependent in seed production.

First time in the state, a record 3 lakh quintals of seeds produced in the state that is thrice the production of last year, she said.

The CS said that seeds should be procured and purchased through DBT. She directed the District Agriculture Officers to ensure seeding of bank accounts and mobile numbers. Barren land should be profiled village wise and cultivated for a better Kharif.

Directing to appoint garden friends, the CS said that the soil of the state is appropriate for gardening. She said that 5,000 bhagwan mitrs should be selected and trained to make the people self dependent.

Soil testing should be done at mission mode and all DAOs were directed to made 500 new seed villages so that 5,000 quintal foundation seeds should be produced.

Agriculture Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Special Secretary Pooja Singhal and senior officers were present on this occasion.

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