The Maharashtra Government has decided to implement a new programme in the State that will ensure higher production of seeds of jowar, bajra, rice, wheat and cereals . This would be implemented at the village level for which Rs 65 crore subsidy would be provided in the current five-year plan.

The decision to provide the subsidy was taken at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Under the programme, village cooperatives will get 50 per cent subsidy for setting up seed processing centres.

The State Government will facilitate setting up of 30 such centres per year. The programme has set a target of producing 80,000 quintals (1,000 kg) of seeds by 2017. For storing the seeds, warehouses will get Rs 10 lakh as subsidy.

(This article was published on February 27, 2013)
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