In order to raise foodgrains output by 25 million tonnes in the 12th Five Year Plan period, the Centre this year has allocated over Rs 1,800 crore to States under a mega scheme in the agriculture sector, the National Food Security Mission (NFSM).
Meanwhile, out of the allocated Rs 1,800 crore by the Centre, Uttar Pradesh received the maximum amount, at Rs. 276.91 crore, followed by Madhya Pradesh, Rs. 226.87 crore and Maharashtra Rs.196.01 crore. Other major beneficiaries includes Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Bihar which have received Rs 142.64 crore, Rs 135.95 crore, Rs 104.83 crore and Rs 97.87 crore respectively. On the other hand J&K, Kerala and Sikkim received the least funds to the tune of Rs 3.17 crore, Rs 2.59 crore and Rs 0.89 crore respectively.
NFSM was implemented with a target to raise rice production by 10 million tones, wheat by 8 MT and pulses by 2 MT and total 25MT of foodgrains in the eleventh Five Year Plan. The set targets have been exceeded. Starting this year, NFSM aims at raising the foodgrain production by 25 MT in the 12th Plan where apart from rice, wheat and pulses it proposes to cover coarse cereals and fodder crops.
Moreover to raise productivity of these crops through various location-specific interventions, NFSM has taken a focused approach which includes providing incentives to farmers to adopt improved inputs and technology packages suiting local soil and climatic conditions.