Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar formally launched a seed Minikit programme by distributing high-yielding varieties seeds of oilseeds and pulses to farmers.

Seed Minikit Programme

  • The GoI programme was launched as a major tool to introduce new varieties of seeds in fields.
  • The Seed Minikit Programme will also help in increasing the seed replacement rate.
  • Under this programme, Mini-kits are being provided by NAFED, National Seeds Corporation, and Gujarat State Seeds Corporation.
  • It is completely funded by central government through National Food Security Mission.

Distribution of seed minikits

  • Under the national mission distribution of seeds will continue till 15th June 2021. Thus, farmers will get seeds before commencement of Kharif sowing season.
  • About 2027,318 seed minikits of pulses, 74,000 minikits of groundnut and 8 lakh for soybean will be provided free of cost to the farmers directly under National Food Security Mission.

Focus of the programme

The Seed Minikit Programme was launched to increase production of oilseeds and pulses.

Oilseeds and pulses Production

Government of India has renewed its focus on production of oilseeds and pulses since 2014-15. As a result, production of oilseeds increased from 27.51 million tonnes in 2014-15 to 36.57 million tonnes in 2020-21. Similarly, production of pulses increased from 17.15 million tonnes to 25.56 million tonnes in same period.

Seed Minikit Programme launched by Agriculture Minister