Seed Village Programme (Beej Gram Yojana) – UPSC Prelims

Seed Village Programme:
  • It was launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in 2014-15.
  • The programme is a key component of the Sub-Mission on Seeds & Planting Materials.
  • Aim: To upgrade the quality of farmer’s saved seeds.
  • Under this programme, financial assistance for distribution of foundation/certified seeds at 50% of seed cost for cereal crops and 60% for pulses, oilseeds, fodder and green manure crops is available for up to one acre per farmer.
Sub-Mission on Seeds & Planting Materials:
  • The mission aims to promote production and multiplication of quality seeds of agricultural crops so that the required quantities of seeds could be made available to farmers in the country.
  • Components: The various components under the mission include:
    • Seed Village Programme
    • Establishment of Seed Processing- cum- Seed Storage Godowns at Gram Panchayat Level
    • National Seed Reserve
    • Boosting Seed Production in Private Sector and
    • Strengthening of Quality Control Infrastructure Facilities.
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