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Creation of Seed Hubs for Increasing Pulses Production in India"

Pulses are the mainstay of Indian Agriculture as well as the vegetarian diets of vast majority of people in this country. To make India self-sufficient in pulses production, availability of quality seed is one of the most crucial factors which ensures enhanced per unit yield of pulses in farmers’ fields. For augmenting the availability of quality seeds of pulses, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, has sanctioned a project on “Creation of seed hubs for increasing indigenous production of pulses in India” with a total outlay of Rs. 139.82 lakhs for a period of two years with immediate effect. This project aims at establishing 93 seed hubs across the country in State Agricultural Universities/Krishi Vigyan Kendras/ /ICAR Institutes and will be coordinated and monitored by ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur. The project has a provision of Rs. 50.00 lakhs in the first year at each seed hub for creating infrastructures to ensure seed production and processing as well as storage of seeds in addition to Rs. 100 lakhs to each seed hub as a revolving fund to meet various expanses for production, procurement and processing of seeds during 2016-18. It has also been decided that ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur will act as the Nodal Agency for implementation of project on creations of seed hubs and will provide the technical support for seed production at each hub. It is pertinent to mention that all the seed hubs together have been given a target of producing 51285 quintals quality seed of different pulses during 2016-17 and 71520 quintals during 2017-18 and 92650 quintals during 2018-19, thereby producing a total of 214755 quintals of quality seed of different pulse crops over a period of 3 years. It is expected that within three years, all the seed hubs will become self reliant and will continue production of quality seed of pulses in a sustainable manner. The seed hubs have started functioning with immediate effect.