Sowing Area Under Rabi Rice and Summer Pulses And Oilseeds



Sowing Area Under Rabi Rice and Summer Pulses And Oilseeds

As per the latest reports received from States, the area under rabi rice as on today stands at 30.45 lakh hectare as compared to 35.40 lakh hectare at this time last year.


The preliminary data on sowing of summer pulses is available. It is reported that 0.10 lakh hectare area has been covered under summer pulses in Karnataka. Sowing of summer oilseeds has been reported from the state of Karnataka (2.073 lakh ha), Andhra Pradesh (0.25 lakh ha), Odisha (0.64 lakh ha) ,Tamil Nadu (0.45 lakh ha) ,Chhatisgarh (0.21 lakh ha), Telangana (0.08 lakh ha) and Maharashtra (0.02 lakh ha).

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Online Agri Platforms for Sale of Agri Produce

Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC) has approved a Central Sector Scheme on ‘Promotion of National Agricultural Market through Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund (ATIF) for Rs.200 crores to be implemented during 2014-15 to 2016-17. The scheme aims to create an appropriate e-market platform that would be deployable in wholesale regulated markets across States and Union Territories (UTs). The platform will enable development of an alternative marketing channel, enhance transparency in auction process and number of buyers, resolve information asymmetry, improve market access by integrating warehouse based sales and will facilitate migration towards a barrier free National Market. The scheme, would facilitate setting up of a competitive and transparent system, reduce the role of middlemen and unfair trade practices in the marketing of agricultural produce and thereby enable farmers to get better prices for their produce. Guidelines are yet to be formulated.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.

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Malpractices in Cooperative Societies

Cooperative Education is essential for the success of cooperatives. Cooperative education brings awareness about cooperative functioning, their roles, duties and responsibilities and the requirement of the members’ active participation to develop cooperatives.

At present, there are 31 State Cooperative Unions in the country located one each in the States/UTs of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya. Mizoram, Nagaland, NCT Delhi, Odisha, Puddicherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Cooperative Societies are registered under the Cooperative Societies Acts of respective States and Union Territories. Therefore, complaints, if any, received about malpractices are dealt with by the Registrars of Cooperative Societies of the States. It has been found that malpractices in Cooperative Societies occur due to lack of knowledge and awareness about roles/responsibilities of the stakeholders, guidelines, rules, systems, procedures related to the functioning of the cooperatives.

If any complaint is received concerning the Multi State Cooperative Societies which are registered in the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, action as per the Multi State Cooperative Societies Act, 2002 is taken by the Central Registrar of Cooperative Societies.

Though ‘Cooperative’ is a State subject and it is the primary responsibility of State Governments to take care of the cooperative education and training needs in their respective areas, the Central Government through National Cooperative Union of India and the National Council of Cooperative Training supplements the efforts of states and impart desired education and training through network of their field formations.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.

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Decrease in Crops Sowing Area

As per 2nd Advance Estimates for 2014-15 released on 18th February, 2015, total area coverage under rabi crops in the country is estimated at 614.69 lakh hectares, which is lower by 29.20 lakh hectares as compared to area coverage of 643.89 lakh hectares during rabi 2013-14.  Details of area coverage under major rabi crops during 2014-15 vis-a-vis rabi 2013-14 are as under:-



  * 2nd Advance Estimate

Total area under gram during the current year is estimated at 83.58 lakh hectares which is lower by 15.8% as compared to estimated gram area of 99.27 lakh hectares during 2013-14.

With a marginal decline of 1.50 lakh hectares over the last year’s area of 304.73 lakh hectares, total area under wheat during 2014-15 is estimated 303.23 lakh hectares.  However, as compared to total wheat area of 53.80 lakh hectares in the Madhya Pradesh during 2013-14, area under wheat in the State is estimated at 57.48 lakh hectares which is higher by 3.68 lakh hectares than the last year.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.

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Dependence on Imported Pulses



The production, export and import scenario of pulses in India during last five years is as under:-

(Quantity in lakh tonnes)



In order to reduce dependence on imported pulses, Government of India is implementing pulses component of National Food Security Mission (NFSM) in 622 districts of 27 states including all north-eastern states and hill states in the country to enhance production and productivity of pulses.

Under the programme, various activities like demonstrations on improved production technologies, distribution of certified seeds, Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), Integrated Pest Management (IPM), resource conservation technologies/tools, efficient water application tools, cropping system based training etc. are being undertaken. Around 50 percent of fund under NFSM is being allocated for pulses component.

Efforts are being made for area expansion of pulses through adoption of cropping system approach, utilization  of rice fallows, paddy field bunds and inter-crop will oilseeds/commercial crops/coarse cereals etc.

Adaptive research projects are being undertaken by national and international research organizations to address various research issues and gaps of potential yield and yield realized at farmers’ field.

            So far, no request for Geographical Indication (GI) status for Gulbarga toor dal has been received.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.


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Infrastructure for Online Trading

Department of Agriculture and Cooperation has approved a Central Sector Scheme on ‘Promotion of National Agricultural Market through Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund (ATIF)’ for Rs.200 crores to be implemented during 2014-15 to 2016-17. Under the scheme, the funds will be utilized for creating an appropriate e-market platform that would be deployable in 642 wholesale regulated markets across the States and Union Territories (UTs).

In order to effectuate the e-market platform, there is provision for assistance of Rs.24.00 lakhs to Rs.34.00 lakhs to the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) for providing necessary infrastructure for grading and assaying, Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and other miscellaneous facilities. Further to increase market access, States must integrate warehouses with the platform to enable warehouse based sales and delivery, for which necessary reform in State APMC Act, if required, is to be made.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.

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Fertility of Agricultural Land

Indian Institute of Soil Science (IISS), Bhopal has prepared GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (Geographic Information System) based digital soil fertility maps of 173 districts adopting norms of stratified complete random sampling process.  Extent of micronutrients deficiency noticed in Karnataka, district-wise is given at annexure.

To improve fertility of soil in the country including Karnataka.  Government is implementing the following schemes/projects:-

            (i)         Soil Health Management (SHM) programme under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) assists State Governments in following components:-
                     
                        (a)        Setting up of static/mobile soil testing laboratories (STLs)
                        (b)        Strengthening of static/mobile STLs.
                        (c)        Trainings and demonstrations on balanced use of fertilizers.

            (ii)        In current year, Soil Health Card Scheme is introduced to assist State Governments to issue soil health cards to all farmers in the country.  Soil health card will provide information to farmers on nutrients status of their soil along with recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility.  Soil status will be assessed regularly in cycle of 3 years so that nutrient deficiencies are identified and amendments applied.

Under SHM programme, during the current year, 9 new static Soil Testing Laboratories (STLs), 56 new mobile STLs, strengthening of 2 STLs have been sanctioned to States apart from 354 trainings and 420 demonstrations.
                                           
            Under ‘Soil Health Card’ scheme, a sum of Rs.23.59 crore has been released to States towards soil sampling, training and awareness creation.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.

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Setting up of Fish Brood Banks




      National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) has set up the following fish brood banks:

(i)                 National Freshwater Fish Brood Bank (NFFBB) at Bhubaneswar for production of quality and improved fish seed in substantial quantity using latest technologies.

(ii)               assisted in setting up of fresh water prawn (Scampi) brood bank at College of Fisheries, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

(iii)             assisted  in setting up of brood bank for common carp (Amur) at Karnataka Veterinary, Animal & Fisheries Sciences University, Bengaluru.



The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture under the Central Schemes such as (i) NFDB, (ii) Development of Marine Fisheries, Infrastructure and Post Harvest Operations and (iii) Development of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture assists States in creation of need based infrastructure facilities including Andhra Pradesh for development of the fisheries sector.  Besides, the Department through the Central Institute of Coastal Engineering for Fishery(CICEF), Bengaluru also extend technical assistance to the coastal State Governments in planning and designing of fishing harbours and fish landing centres.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in Rajya Sabha today.


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Production of Foodgrains and Fruits in Maharashtra


Government of India fixes target every year for the production of foodgrains in the country including Maharashtra.  The target & production of foodgrains and the production of fruits in Maharashtra and in the country is given as under:-

Foodgrains Production
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* 2nd Advance Estimates

Fruits Production



* 1st  Advance Estimates


In order to extend benefits of the schemes to various sections of the society and regions, Government of India allocates funds under Special Component Plan (SCP) for Scheduled Castes and Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) for Scheduled Tribes under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), National Food Security Mission (NFSM) and Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) etc.

            In order to achieve targets, Government of Maharashtra has taken following steps viz; focus on low productivity & high potential districts, implementation of cropping system, awareness and promotion of improved technology, agronomic zone-wise planning, restoring soil fertility & enhancing productivity and use of high yielding varieties & hybrid seeds.


This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Rajya Sabha today.

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Steps Taken to Keep the Prices of P&K Fertilizers at Reasonable Rates



Agriculture and agri-production in the country is not affected by price rise of fertilizers.

The Government has taken following measures to keep the prices of P&K fertilizers at reasonable level:

             i.        Under the Fertilizer Control Order (FCO), the fertilizers companies are required to print the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) on each bag of fertilizer. No fertilizer company or dealer is supposed to sell or offer for sale any fertilizer at a price exceeding printed MRP. Violation of this is punishable under Essential Commodities Act. The State Governments are adequately empowered to take preventive/punitive actions for violation of any of the provisions of Fertilizer Control Order (FCO) 1985 under Essential Commodities Act 1955. Overcharging is violation of EC Act.

            ii.        It has been made mandatory for the fertilizer companies to submit alongwith their subsidy claims, the cost data of their fertilizer products from 2012-13 onwards in prescribed format on six monthly basis. The Department of Fertilizers has also appointed Cost Accountants/ Firms to scrutinise the said cost data.

           iii.        It has also been stipulated in the provisions that in cases, where after scrutiny, unreasonableness of MRP is established or where there is no correlation between the cost of production or acquisition and the MRP printed on the bags, the subsidy would be restricted or denied even if the product is otherwise eligible for subsidy under NBS Scheme. In proven case of abuse of subsidy mechanism, the Department of Fertilizers, on the recommendation of Inter-Ministerial Committee may exclude any grade/grades of fertilizers of a particular company or the fertilizer company itself from the NBS Scheme.

To ensure availability of fertilizers in adequate quantity to the farmers, following steps are taken by the government:

 (i)        The movement of all major subsidized fertilizers is being monitored throughout the country by an on-line web based monitoring system (www.urvarak.co.in) also called as Fertilizer Monitoring System (FMS);

(ii)        The State Governments are regularly advised to coordinate with manufacturers and importers of fertilizers for streamlining the supplies through timely placement of indents for railway rakes through their state institutional agencies like Marked etc.

(iii)       Regular Weekly Video Conference is conducted jointly by Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC), Department of Fertilizers (DoF), and Ministry of Railways with State Agriculture Officials and corrective actions are taken to dispatch fertilizer as indicated by the State Governments.

(iv)       The gap in the demand and domestic production of fertilizer is met through imports.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers Sh. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in the Rajya Sabha today.

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No Proposal for Deregulation of Urea



The Government has no proposal to deregulate urea.

The details of the demand and production of urea for the year 2013-14 are as follows:-

                                        < Figures in 000 MT>



So far as MRP of urea is concerned, it is statutorily fixed by the Government of India.  It has been increased to Rs. 5310/- per MT w.e.f. 01st April, 2010 (exclusive of the central excise duty for the domestically produced urea, countervailing duty for the imported urea, state VAT and other local taxes wherever levied) and Rs. 5360/- per MT w.e.f. 01st November, 2012 by including Rs. 50/- PMT as retailer margin which is paid to the retailers for acknowledging the receipt under m-FMS as an incentive.

The details of the subsidy given on indigenous urea and imported urea during the last three years are as follows:
(in crores of Rupees



This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers Sh. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in the Rajya Sabha today.

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'Make in India' Programme

The Government has launched the ‘Make in India’ Programme to promote manufacturing in the country;


The “Make in India" initiative is based on four pillars, which have been identified to give boost to entrepreneurship in India, not only in manufacturing but also other sectors. The four pillars are:


(i)            New Processes: `Make in India` recognizes `ease of doing business` as the single most important factor to promote entrepreneurship. A number of initiatives have already been undertaken to ease business environment.



(ii)          New Infrastructure: Government intends to develop industrial corridors and smart cities, create world class infrastructure with state-of-the-art technology and high-speed communication. Innovation and research activities are supported through a fast paced registration system and improved infrastructure for IPR registration. The requirement of skills for industry are to be identified and accordingly development of workforce to be taken up.



(iii)         New Sectors: FDI has been opened up in Defence Production, Insurance, Medical Devices, Construction and Railway infrastructure in a big way. Similarly FDI has been allowed in Insurance and Medical Devices.



(iv)          New Mindset: In order to partner with industry in economic development of the country Government shall act as a facilitator and not a regulator.


Components of the initiative are equally available to all regions of the country.

The following sectors have been included in the ‘Make in India’ programme:

(i)                 Auto Components

(ii)               Automobiles

(iii)             Aviation

(iv)             Biotechnology

(v)               Chemicals

(vi)             Construction

(vii)           Defence Manufacturing

(viii)         Electrical Machinery

(ix)             Electronic System Design and Manufacturing

(x)               Food  Processing

(xi)             IT and BPM

(xii)           Leather

(xiii)         Media and Entertainment

(xiv)         Mining

(xv)           Oil and Gas

(xvi)         Pharmaceuticals

(xvii)       Ports

(xviii)     Railways

(xix)         Roads and Highways

(xx)           Renewable Energy

(xxi)         Space

(xxii)       Textiles

(xxiii)     Thermal Power

(xxiv)     Tourism and Hospitality

(xxv)       Wellness


An investor facilitation cell has been created under ‘Make in India’ Programme. So far this cell has handled 7100 queries from the investor and about 250 meetings have been convened by the cell with potential investors.


Other measures taken by the Government to boost manufacturing sector in the country as follows;


1.                  14 Government of India services has been integrated with online single window under e-Biz portal.



2.                  Creation of Investor Facilitation Cell in `Invest India` to assist, guide and handhold investors during the various phases of business life cycle.



3.                  Information on 25 sectors has been put up on `Make in India`s web portal (http://www.makeinindia.com) along with details of FDI Policy, National Manufacturing Policy, Intellectual Property Rights and Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor and other National Industrial Corridors.



4.                  Ordinance has been issued to make land acquisition easier for important projects.



5.                  A number of items have been taken off the licensing requirement from  Defence products` list. Similarly, items of dual use have also been taken off the licensing requirement.



6.                  The Ministry of Labour and Employment has developed a unified Web Portal ‘Shram Suvidha`. This portal facilitates:


a.  Allotment of Unique Labour Identification Number (UN) to units;
b.   Filing of single self-certified online return for 16 labour laws;
c.   Random computerized inspections based on objective criteria;
d.   Reports to be uploaded by inspectors within 72 hours of inspection;

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor


The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project is developing seven nodes in the phase-1:-
·            Manesar-Bawal Investment Region, Haryana (402 sq. km.);

·            Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad Investment Region, Uttar Pradesh (210 sq. km.);

·            Khushkhera-Bhiwadi-Neemrana Investment Region, Rajasthan (165 sq. km.);

·            Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow Investment Region, Madhya Pradesh (372 sq. km.);

·            Ahmedabad-Dholera Investment Region, Gujarat (920 sq. km.);

·            Shendra-Bidkin Industrial Park, Maharashtra; (84 sq. km.); and    

·            Dighi Port Industrial Area, Maharashtra (253 sq. km.).



Various trunk infrastructure projects like development of roads and utilities, drainage, sewerage, earthworks, ICT etc. are being developed. So far, Government of Japan has agreed to provide financial support to the extent of USD 4.5 billion through a mix of JBIC and JICA lending.


Master planning of various nodes has already been completed except for Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad Investment Region in Uttar Pradesh. Tenders for construction of trunk infrastructure of Integrated Industrial Township “Vikram Udyogpuri” have already been issued.


The tender document for trunk infrastructure components for Integrated Industrial Township “Vikram Udyogpuri”, Ujjain has already been issued on 04th February, 2015. The last date of submission of tender is 20th March, 2015.


This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Ease of Doing Business Index

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has identified various areas and action points on ease of doing business index/indicators have been prepared for assessing the overall business performance of the country as well as States/Union Territories.

Government has undertaken a number of steps to improve Ease of Doing Business in India. A large number of components of Defence Products’ list have been excluded from the purview of Industrial Licencing. The application process for Industrial Licence and Industrial Entrepreneur’s Memorandum has been made easy by simplification of form and making the process online 24X7. The validity period of the Industrial Licence and security clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs has been increased. The process of registration with Employees’ Provident Fund Organization and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation has been made on line and real-time. Process of obtaining environment and forest clearances has been made online. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has advised Ministries and State Governments to simplify and rationalize the regulatory environment through business process reengineering and use of information technology. 14 Government of India services have been integrated with the online single window eBiz portal. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Ban on Import of Poultry Products from United States

In the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute DS430 (Measures Concerning the Importation of Certain Agricultural Products from the United States), the WTO Panel had ruled that the import restrictions, imposed vide the Government of India (GoI) Notification No. S.O. 1663(E) dated 16 July, 2011, on account of outbreak of Avian Influenza in the country of export, is inconsistent with the WTO Agreement, in particular, the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures.

GoI has filed Appeal before the WTO Appellate Body on certain rulings of the panel which GoI considers legally inconsistent with the WTO Law.

India has a system in place for import of poultry products through Sanitary Import Permits (SIP). SIPs are granted for import of poultry products only after detailed Risk Analysis from the angle of human and animal safety. Import of poultry products are allowed from the country which are free from Highly Pathogenic and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Moreover, at present, the Customs Duty on chicken legs has been retained at India’s bound rate of duty, which is the maximum permissible level of duty committed to the WTO.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Boost to Leather Sector



Under the scheme Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP), Rs. 990.36 Crore has been approved in 12th FYP for development of leather sector.

The following six sub-schemes under Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP) have been continued from 11th FYP to 12th FYP.

                                                  i.            Human Resource Development (HRD)

                                               ii.            Support to Artisan (STA)

                                             iii.            Establishment of Institutional Facilities

                                              iv.            Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS)

                                                v.            Mega Leather Cluster (MLC)

                                              vi.            Leather Technology, Innovation and Environmental Issues



Leather sector has been included as one of the key sectors in the ‘Make in India’ initiative.


This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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