Chandigarh, October 8- The State Seed Production Committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Dr. Sumita Misra finalised the suitable seed programmes and assigned them to Haryana Seed Development Corporation (HSDC) and other government agencies like HLRDC, IFFCO, NFI, NSC and HAFED.

Dr Sumita Misra was presiding over a meeting for Rabi season 2021-22 held here today. She said that Haryana seed production and distribution of seeds is regularly reviewed by State Seed Promotion Committee. The meeting of the committee is held twice a year, before sowing of Rabi and Kharif crops.

She said that the programmes were made in consultation with scientists of Haryana Agricultural University and ICAR Institutes located in the state. Dr. Sumita Misra said that in the coming Rabi season 2021-22, there is no shortage of seed and 21.99 lakh quintals of seed is available against the demand of 17.64 lakh quintals of seed.

She said that in order to encourage farmers for adopting newly released promising varieties, subsidy is being provided by the department of Agriculture on purchase of certified seeds of these varieties under different Centrally Sponsors and State Plan Schemes. A subsidy is being given on seed of wheat at Rs 1000 per quintal, Barley at Rs 1500 per quintal, Pulses at Rs 2500 per quintal and Oilseeds at Rs 4000 per quintal.

The Director General Horticulture and HAU were directed to produce and promote state made hybrid seeds for major vegetable crops under their own brand, An Action Plan in this regard would be submitted to the Government in next two weeks.

Minikits for certified Mustard seeds would be distributed free of cost to the farmers for 3.1 lakh acres of land and hybrid Mustard seeds for 22,500 acres.