The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare is implementing Beej Gram Yojana (Seed Village Programme) since 2014-15 to upgrade the quality of farmer’s saved seeds.
Key Objective: To upgrade the quality of farmer-saved seed, which is about 80-85% of the total seed used for crop production. Key Objectives of the Seed Village Program are-
Increasing the seed production,
Increasing the seed replacement rate,
Organizing seed production in cluster/compact areas, replacing existing local varieties with new high yielding varieties,
Self-sufficiency and self-reliance of the village in terms of quality seed production
To meet the local demand and timely supply of quality seeds.
Financial assistance for distribution of foundation/certified seeds is available for up to one acre per farmer, These seeds are distributed at
a)50% of seed cost for cereal crops and
b)60% for pulses, oilseeds, fodder and green manure crops.
The assistance will also be given to train the farmers on seed production and seed technology @ Rs. 15000/- for a group of 50-150 farmers.
To the encourage farmers to develop storage capacity of appropriate quality,
Assistance @ 33% subject to a maximum of Rs. 3000/- for SC/ST farmers and @ 25% subject to maximum of Rs. 2000/- for other farmers for procuring seeds storage bin of 20 qtl. capacity
Assistance @ 33% subject to maximum of Rs. 1500/- to SC/ST farmers and @ 25% subject to maximum of Rs. 1000/- for other farmers for making seeds storage bin of 10 qtl. capacity in the seed villages where seed village scheme is being implemented.
Implementing agencies: State Departments of Agriculture, State Agriculture Universities, KVKs, State Seeds Corporation, National Seeds Corporation, State Farms Corporation of India, State Seeds Certification Agencies, Dept. of Seed Certification.
One implementing agency will be identified for the area/locality and is to be authorized by the State Government.
Monitoring of theBeej Gram Yojana: The Seed Village Program will be monitored by the Seeds Division of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation.
The implementing agencies will be required to send quarterly progress to the Seeds Division of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation.