As per the 4th Advance Estimates of 2021-22, the production of pulses and oilseeds is 27.69 million tonnes and 37.69 million tonnes respectively. The production of pulses has increased from 23.03 million tonnes to 27.69 million tonnes and oilseeds increased from 33.21 million tonnes to 37.69 million tonnes during 2021-22 compared to 2019-20, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Friday.
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The National Food Security Mission (NFSM)-Pulses programme is being implemented in 28 states and two union territories (i.e, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh) and NFSM-Oilseeds in 25 states and three union territories (i.e, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Puducherry) of the country. The assistance is being provided to the farmers through state governments on the latest crop production technologies, distribution and production of new varieties of pulses and oilseeds, integrated nutrient and pest management techniques, farm implements, water-saving devices and capacity building of farmers through trainings. Further, seed mini kits of high-yielding varieties of pulses and oilseeds are provided free of cost to the farmers, the agriculture minister further informed the upper house of the Indian parliament.
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Under NFSM-Oilseeds, assistance is also given on the purchase of breeder seeds and production of foundation seeds, Tomar added.