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Agriculture News : Subsidy on Maize Seeds through NFSM by Government.

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that despite two successive droughts, the gross production of maize in Kharif and Rabi is estimated at 21.02 million tones, for the year 2015-16. Due to the hard works carried out by the farmers, scientists and policy makers the area of maize farming has increased 2.9 times, the productivity 4.8 times, and yield has been 14 times more after 1950.

During the last five years 30 high yielding hybrids and 10 mixed varieties have been released. The Agriculture Minister stated it in “India Maize Summit”, organized by FICCI. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister said that the Central Government is promoting maize farming with different schemes.

The government is imparting subsidy on maize seeds through National Food Security Mission (NFSM) (Rs.50 per kg on hybrid seeds and Rs. 15 per kg on composite seeds). Central Government is providing machineries like seed/grain dryers, sheller and seeds planters etc. to promote the farming of maize in the original states of Green Revolution so as to encourage varied crops of maize.

Bihar has emerged as a power house of maize on global scenario. Now this state is posing challenge to the Mid-Western States of USA in the prospective of maize production. Government is encouraging public-private partnership in maize farming so that maize farming are strengthened.