Thursday, 28 February 2013

Allocation for Agricultural Research and Education in Budget 2013-14.

  Shri P Chidambram, Finance Minister, Government of India proposed an allocation of Rs.27,049 crore to Ministry of Agriculture, of this, agricultural research will be provided Rs.3,415 crore.

         He proposed to support the eastern Indian States (Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal) with an allocation of Rs.1000 crore in 2013-14 to continue green revolution in terms of rice production.
To promote technological innovation he proposed to allocate Rs.500 crore to start a programme of crop diversification. 
        Shri Chidambram proposed a sum of upto Rs.200 crore to start a pilot programme on Nutri-Farms for introducing new crop varieties that are rich in micro-nutrients such as iron-rich bajra, protein-rich maize and zinc-rich wheat as suggested by eminent agricultural scientists.

        In his budgetry speech he mentioned that 'The National Institute of Biotic Stress Management' for addressing plant protection issues will be established at Raipur, Chhattisgarh.   
        He also proposed to establish 'The Indian Institute of Agricultural Bio-technology' at Ranchi, Jharkhand which will serve as a centre of excellence in agricultural bio-technology. 

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