The state government has targeted the rice production for 2014-15 Rabi crop season at 1.05 million ton.

For current fiscal year 2013-14, the Rabi campaign has targeted the total state grain output at 2.02 million tones. Of which 1.2 million tonne of cereals and 0.82 million tonne of pulses.

The Rabi campaign for the FY 2014-15 will cover 310,000 hectares of land for rice cultivation estimating 3,400 kg of rice yield per ha.

For this achievement the state government is planning to popularize high yielding and hybrid rice varieties, promoting to increase nurseries near water sources, promote line sowing/transplanting, apply balanced dose of fertilizers supplemented with organic manures and micro-nutrients and promote technologies on integrated nutrient management and integrated pest management.

This could be achieved only by proper technical training demonstration to the farmers, extension of subsidy rates on the certified seeds and other agri inputs, popularizing rice intensification system.

The Programme green revolution to the eastern states aims at address the constraints limiting the productivity of rice based cropping systems. Also massive crop demonstrations, asset building and site specific activities are under the programme. The programme also aims at extending the amount value of Rs 3,800 crore which is to be given as crop loan to farmers.

The state chief secretary G C Pati has instructed all the district credit collector to regulate the credit flow so that the fair extension by the financial institution in the credit can be made.

He also stressed out on famous programme of the state like National Food Security Mission, National Horticulture Mission, National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture, National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm, National Mission on Agriculture Extension & Technology and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana to accelerate the growth of the agriculture sector.

Main focus under the programme will be stressed on popularization of special farm driven implements, popularization of post-harvest equipment, involvement of manufacturers/dealers in conducting demonstration on the PPP (public private partnership) mode, establishment of farm machinery banks for facilitating custom hiring and enhancing the present level of power consumption to 1.50 KW/ha.

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