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The DAC is organized into 26 Divisions and has four attached offices and twenty-one subordinate offices which are spread across the country for coordination with state level agencies and implementation of Central Sector Schemes in their respective fields.
Further, two Public Sector Undertakings,eight autonomous bodies, ten national level cooperative organizations and one authority are functioning under the administrative control of the Department.

Administration

Overview

The Administration Division in the DAC (proper) is responsible broadly for the following work

  • All administrative, establishment and service matters of the officers and staffs posted in DAC (Proper). Cadre management, promotions, appointment /transfer/ postings of CSS/CSSS/CSCS officials in the Department and its 5 other participating units.
  • Allocation of work among various Divisions and issue of orders relating to structural reorganization of the Department (Proper).
  • All matters related to housekeeping, printing & binding, providing of stationary & Staff Cars, allotment of residential accommodation.
  • Reimbursement of medical expenses and other Welfare measures.
  • Coordination of Parliamentary work.
  • Matters relating to Organization and Method and coordination of grievances.

Agriculture Census

Overview

Agriculture MarketingRecognizing importance of agriculture sector in the economy, the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation is implementing Agriculture Census Scheme since 1970-71. Agriculture Census in India is conducted following broad guidelines of decennial World Census of Agriculture (WCA) evolved by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations and is conducted at an interval of five years. In Agriculture Census, operational holding has been taken as statistical unit at micro-level for data collection as operational holding is the ultimate unit for taking agriculture-related decisions.

Periodic Agriculture Censuses are the main source of information on basic characteristics of operational holdings such as land-use, cropping pattern, irrigation status, tenancy, terms of leasing and dispersal of holdings etc. This information is tabulated by different size classes and social groups and serves as an input for development planning, socio-economic policy formulation and establishment of national priorities. The Census also provides basis for development of a comprehensive integrated national system of agricultural statistics.

So far, eight Agriculture Censuses since 1970-71 have been conducted in the country. The current Agriculture Census with reference year 2010-11 is ninth in the series. The provisional results of Phase-I of Agriculture Census 2010-11 have been released in the public domain and data processing activities for Phase-II/Phase-III of the Census are progressing in the country.

Agriculture Census Scheme was converted from a Centrally-Sponsored Scheme to a Central Sector Plan Scheme in 2007-08. Accordingly, 100 per cent financial assistance is provided to States/ UTs for payment of salaries, office expenses, honoraria, tabulation and printing of schedules, etc.

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Agricultural Marketing

Overview

Overview on Agriculture Marketing

Agriculture MarketingAgriculture sector needs structured and functional markets, preferably in vicinity of farmers, to drive growth, employment, remunerative price and economic prosperity in rural areas of the country. Enabling mechanism were also required to be put in place for procurement of agricultural commodities directly from farmers’ field and to establish effective linkage between the farm production, the retail chain and food processing industries. Agriculture being a state subject, a Model APMC Act was formulated and circulated to the States/UTs in the year 2003 for adoption.

The Model Act provides for contract farming, direct marketing, setting up markets in private and co-operative sector, e-trading, single point levy of market fee, single registration of market functionaries, farmer-consumer market etc. Subsidy/eligibility under one central sector scheme( AMIGS) has been restricted to States/ UTs where reforms to APMC Act has been done providing for Direct Marketing, Contract Farming and Markets in Private/ Coop Sectors. States/UTs having done these three reforms are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Tripura. States/ UTs where reforms to APMC Act have been done partially are NCT of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh. States/ UTs where there is no APMC Act are Kerala, Bihar(APMC Act repealed in year 2006),Manipur, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, and Lakshadweep. Tamil Nadu has done reforms by executive orders instead of amending APMC Act. States/ UTs where reforms required to be done are Meghalaya, J & K, West Bengal, Puducherry, and Uttar Pradesh.

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Programmes & Schemes

Central Sector Schemes
  • Rural Godown Scheme

    Agriculture MarketingThe scheme was started from 1st April 2001. The main objectives of the scheme are to meet the requirements of farmers for storing farm produce, processed farm produce, consumer articles and agricultural inputs, promotion of grading, standardization and quality control of agricultural produce to improve their marketability, prevention of distress sale immediately after harvest by providing the facility of pledge financing and marketing credit, and to strengthen agricultural marketing infrastructure by paving the way for introduction of a national system of warehouse receipts in respect of agricultural commodities stored in such godowns and to reverse the declining trend of investment in agriculture sector by encouraging private and cooperative sector to invest in the creation of storage infrastructure in the country.

    The scheme of Rural Godowns has been formulated for creation of scientific storage capacity with allied facilities in rural areas by encouraging private and cooperative sector to invest in the creation of storage infrastructure in the country. Under the scheme, 25% back-ended subsidy (33.3% in case of NE States, Tribal & Hilly areas and SC/ST) on the total project costs is being provided for the purpose. The eligible promoters for construction of rural godowns are individual farmers, group of farmers/ growers, partnership/ proprietary firms, NGO, companies, corporations, cooperatives, Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees, Marketing Boards and Agro Processing Corporations.

    As on 31st January 2013, there are 30,574 Godown projects have been sanctioned and a storage capacity of 38.36million tonnes was created under the scheme. An amount of Rs.1017.32crores of subsidy has been released to various banks and Cooperatives through NABARD and NCDC.

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  • Strengthening / Developement of Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure, Grading & Standardisation

    Agriculture MarketingWith a view to induce large investment in the development of marketing infrastructure, the Ministry has formulated a scheme for “Development/Strengthening of Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure, Grading and Standardization” during 2004. Under this scheme investment subsidy is provided on the capital cost of general or commodity specific infrastructure for marketing of agricultural commodities and for strengthening and modernization of existing agricultural markets, wholesale, rural and periodic or in tribal areas. The scheme is reform linked, to be implemented in those States/UTs that amend the APMC Act wherever required to allow setting up of agricultural markets in private and cooperative sectors. Under the scheme, back ended subsidy @ 25% of capital cost of the project is provided in all States and @ 33.3% of capital cost in case of NE States, hilly areas and SC/ST entrepreneurs. In respect of infrastructure projects of State Agencies, there is no upper ceiling on subsidy to be provided under the scheme.

    Agricultural Marketing being the State subject the Directorate has only an advisory role so far as improvement/development of marketing system is concerned. In the field of grading and quality assurance also, Directorate endeavors to involve State authorities more and more to make it consumer/public oriented. Being a central coordinating organization, Directorate is actively associated with the development in agricultural marketing in both State and National level by introducing various reform initiatives of Government of India.

    Since Inception of the scheme up to 31-12-2012, a total number of 8087 marketing Infrastructure projects have been sanctioned and subsidy of Rs 782.14 crores has been released.

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  • Marketing Research & Information Network

    This Central Sector Scheme was sanctioned by the Ministry Of Agriculture in March, 2000. The objective of the scheme is to establish a nationwide information network for speedy collection and dissemination of market data for its efficient and timely utilization; to ensure flow of regular and reliable data to the producers, traders and consumers to derive maximum advantage out of their sales and purchases, and to increase efficiency in marketing by effective improvement in the existing market information system. As on March 2013, more than 3200 markets have been covered under the network and market information on arrivals and prices from more than 2100 markets are received regularly in respect of 400 commodities and 3000 varieties daily covering all major agricultural and horticultural produce. The AGMARKNET portal is continuously being enriched with other information related to agricultural marketing for the benefit of farmers and other market users.

    Agriculture Marketing‘AGMARKNET’ is a unique live portal on agricultural commodities anywhere in the world, technically supported by a high capacity Central server and the programming capabilities of the NIC and the data is fed into the system in a decentralized mode through the voluntary cooperation of mandi staff. This is acceptable since the aim of the network is to keep farmers and other market functionaries informed of price and market related information. The portal is in public domain and anybody can access information from the portal as per their requirement. The portal is becoming popular as the information related to different aspects of marketing.

    The market information from the portal being broadcasted by various Television News Channels and published in News Papers for befit if farmers and other stakeholders. Efforts are also being made for dissemination of market information in association with other service providers like IKSL, NOKIA and IIT, Kanpur (BSNL Telecom Center of Excellence)etc. through SMS and voice mode to the farmers and other beneficiaries. As on March 2013 around 50lakh beneficiaries are getting Marketing information in SMS or Voice mode in their mobile handsets.

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  • National Agricultural Market Atlas
  • Terminal Market Complex
Programmes

Grading And Standardisation of Agricultural and Allied Produce

  • Quality standards for agricultural commodities are framed based on their intrinsic quality. Food safety factors are being incorporated in the standards to compete in World trade.Agriculture Marketing Standards are being harmonised with international standards keeping in view the WTO requirements. Certification of agricultural commodities is carried out for the benefit of producer/manufacturer and consumer. Certification of adulteration prone commodities viz. Butter, Ghee, Vegetable Oils, Ground-Spices, Honey, Wheat Atta etc. is very popular. Blended Edible Vegetable Oils and Fat Spread are compulsorily required to be certified under Agmark.
  • The Certification mark under the Agricultural Produce (Grading & Marking) Act is popularly known as "AGMARK". Grading is carried out in accordance with the standards notified, following meticulous procedure of sampling, testing, packaging, marking and sealing as per the instructions issued under the Act and Rules.

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Attached Offices

The Directorate of Marketing and Inspection (DMI), an attached Office of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation under Ministry Of Agriculture, was set up in the year 1935 to implement the agricultural marketing policies and programmes for the integrated development of marketing of agricultural and other allied produce in the country with a view to safeguard the interests of farmers as well as the consumers. It maintains a close liaison between the Central and the State Governments

Portal of Agriculture Market

Budget, Finance and Accounts

Cooperation

Overview

The Cooperative Sector has been playing a significant role in the area of disbursing agricultural credit, providing market support to farmers, distribution of agricultural inputs and imparting cooperative education and training etc.Agriculture Marketing The basic objective of the Cooperation Division is to design long term and short term strategies for reducing economic disparities between the downtrodden rural people and the rural rich as well as regional imbalances including rural and urban differences.
Cooperation Division is implementing two Central Sector Plan Schemes in the country during the year 2012-13 namely Restructured Central Sector Scheme for Cooperative Education and Training and Restructured Central Sector Scheme for assistance to NCDC Programmes for Development of Cooperatives.

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Programmes & Schemes

  • NCDC Programme under Restructured Central Sector Scheme

    The Government of India implements its cooperative development programmes through National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC). The programmes/schemes being implemented through NCDC are

    (i) Integrated Cooperative Development Projects in selected districts,

    (ii) assistance to cooperative marketing, processing and storage etc., programmes in cooperatively under-developed/least developed States/Union Territories, and

    (iii) share capital participation in growers’/weavers’ cooperative spinning mills under the restructured central sector scheme.

    It has been decided that under this scheme, subsidy component will be provided by Government of India and the loan component will be arranged by NCDC through its own sources.

  • Cooperative Education & Training
  • Assistance of National Cooperative Federations
  • Assistance to National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India. (NAFED)

Subordinate Offices

Credit

Overview

Agricultural Credit

Agriculture is a dominant sector of our economy and credit plays an important role in increasing agriculture production. Availability and access to adequate, timely and low cost credit from institutional sources is of great importance especially to small and marginal farmers. Along with other inputs, credit is essential for establishing sustainable and profitable farming systems. Most of the farmers are small producers engaged in agricultural activities in areas of widely varying potential. Experience has shown that easy access to financial services at affordable cost positively affects the productivity, asset formation, income and food security of the rural poor. The major concern of the Government is therefore, to bring all the farmer households within the banking fold and promote complete financial inclusion

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Agriculture Insurance

At present four crop Insurance schemes namely National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS), Pilot Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS), Pilot Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) and Pilot Coconut Palm Insurance Scheme (CPIS) is being implemented in the country.

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Programmes & Schemes

Crops

Overview

A record production of 259.32 million tonnes of foodgrains has been achieved during 2011-12 which includes 105.31 million tonnes of Rice, 94.88 million tonnes of Wheat and 17.09 million tonnes of Pulses.
Crops As per 2nd Advance Estimates, the production of foodgrains during the year 2012-13 is estimated at 250.14 million tonnes; production of Rice is estimated at 101.80 million tonnes, Wheat at 92.30 million tonnes, Pulses at 17.58 million tonnes and Coarse Cereals at 38.47 million tonnes.
The production of Sugarcane during 2012-13 is estimated at 334.54 million tonnes (2nd Advance Estimates) against 361.04 million tonnes achieved during 2011-12. The Cotton production is estimated at 338.00 lakh bales during 2012-13 against 352.00 lakh bales during 2011-12. The production of Jute & Mesta during the year 2012-13 is estimated at 111.27 lakh bales as against 113.99 lakh bales during 2011-12.

The National Target for foodgrains production for the year 2012-13 has been fixed at 254.24 million tonnes.

Crops Division is implementing several crop development schemes for increasing production through area expansion and productivity enhancement by adoption of improved techniques and recommended agronomic practices. There are also 9 Crop Development Directorates under the Crops Division for specific crops, including Rice, Wheat, Sugarcane, Cotton etc.

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Programmes & Schemes

  • NFSM
    • A3P
    • Special Plan to Achieve 19+ Million Tonnes of Pulses Production during Kharif 2013
    • Additional Area Coverage of Pulses during Rabi/Summer 2013
  • BGREI
  • INSIMP
  • TMC
  • JTM

Subordinate Offices

  • All Crop Directorates (9 CDDs)
    • Directorate of Cotton Development, 14, Ramjibhai Kamani Marg, Ballard Estate, P.B.No. 1002, Mumbai-400001 (Maharashtra).
    • Directorate of Jute Development, Nizam Palace Campus ,234/4, Acharya Jagdish Bose Road, Kolkata- 700020 (West Bengal).
    • Directorate of Millets Development, Kendriya Sadan Room No. 210, 2nd Floor, Block-A, Sector-10, Vidyadhar Nagar, Jaipur-302023.
    • Directorate of Tobacco Development, 26 Haddows Road, Shastri Bhawan Annexe, 3rd Floor, Chennai-600006 (Tamil Nadu).
    • Directorate of Sugarcane Development, 8th Floor, Hall No.3, Kendriya Bhavan,Aliganj, Lucknow - 226024 (U.P).
    • Directorate of Rice Development, 250 A, Patliputra Colony, Patna-800013 (Bihar).
    • Directorate of Wheat Development, CGO Complex, Kamla Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad-201002 (U.P).
    • Directorate of Oilseeds Development, Telhan Bhavan, Himayat Nagar,Hyderabad-500029 (A.P).
    • Directorate of Pulses Development, 6th Floor, Vindhyachal Bhavan, Bhopal-462004 (M.P).

Portal of NFSM

Drought Management

Overview

Department of Agriculture & Cooperation is mandated to coordinate relief measures necessitated by drought, hailstorm, pest attacks and cold wave/frost. Drought MAnagementSpatial distribution and quantum of rainfall during South-West Monsoon (June - September) mainly determines the incidence of drought in the country, as it accounts for more than 75% of annual rainfall. The Department of Agriculture & Cooperation closely monitors progress of South-West Monsoon in the country, in close coordination with India Meteorological Department (IMD) and keeps watch over deficit rainfall conditions.
The Department has reviewed and updated the Crisis Management Plan (CMP) for Drought 2012 (National) during the current year. It defines roles and responsibilities of various agencies involved in crisis management including media management during drought. After review and updation, the CMP for Drought (National) for the year, 2013 is being circulated to State Governments/UTs for preparing their own CMPs.

State Governments initiate necessary relief measures in the wake of natural calamities including drought from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) which is readily available. Contribution to SDRF is made by Central and State Governments in the ratio 3:1 for 17 General Category States and 9:1 for 11 Special Category States (North-Eastern States including Sikkim and 3 hill States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir). Government of India supplements the efforts of the State Government by providing requisite financial and logistic support. Additional financial assistance, over and above SDRF is also provided from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for natural calamities of severe nature as per established procedure and extant norms. Allocation under SDRF has been made on the basis of recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission for a period of 5 years from 2010-11 to 2014-15. Assistance approved to States from NDRF to mitigate Drought situation is at Annexure-A.

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Programmes & Schemes

External Links

Economic Administration

Overview

About Economic Administration Division

EA Division deals with all Administrative & Financial matters relating to the Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP) and the Directorate of Economics & Statistics (DES). Economic Administration Policy matters relating to Indian Economic Service (IES) and Indian Statistical Service (ISS) posts in the Department including attached/ subordinate offices; their encadrement, review of authorised cadre strength of these two services in the Department are also dealt with.
CACP is headed by a Chairman (Pay scale: Rs.80,000/- fixed), one Member (Official), two Members (Non-Official) and a Member Secretary, all in the pay-scale of Rs.37400 – 67000/- + Grade Pay of Rs.10000/-. As per the existing guidelines, appointment to the posts of Chairman, Members (Official and Non-Official) and Member Secretary, CACP requires approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). The selection of the Chairman and Members of the CACP is made by a Selection Committee constituted for this purpose. ACC has conveyed its approval for filling up one post of Member (Non-Official), CACP. Proposal for filling up of another post of Member (Non-Official), CACP is under process.

Release of grants-in-aid to scheme implementing agencies under two Plan Schemes of DES, namely, Studies on Input for Agricultural Economic Policy and Development (SIAEP&D) and Improvement of Agricultural Statistics (IAS), is also processed by EA Division.

The “Studies on Input for Agricultural Economic Policy and Development (SIAEP&D)” scheme comprises five components namely:-

  • Comprehensive Scheme for Studying the Cost of Cultivation of Principal Crops;
  • Regional Centres for Agro-Economic Research;
  • Strengthening of Agricultural Statistics & Policy Formulation;
  • Planning & Management of Agriculture and
  • Drought Management in Agriculture

The "Improvement of Agricultural Statistics (IAS)" scheme is being implemented to:-

  • Obtain reliable and timely estimates of area under principal crops in each season;
  • generate estimates of area production of principal crops in each season;
  • bring improvement in crop statistics by conducting spot supervision of
    • Area aggregation, and
    • crop cutting experiments in 10,000 villages and
  • obtain reliable estimates of area, yield and production of selected fruit and vegetable crops (7 fruits & 5 vegetable crops and 2 spices).

A provision of Rs.7000 lakh and Rs.10000 lakh respectively for SIAEP&D and IAS schemes was made in Budget Estimates (BE) for the financial year 2012-13. 98.41% of the Budget allocation (RE) amounting to Rs.13697.70 lakh was released during the financial year 2012-13.

A provision of Rs.8000 lakh and Rs.9500 lakh respectively for SIAEP&D and IAS schemes has been made in Budget Estimates (BE) for the financial year 2013-14.

Attached Offices

Extension

Overview

Extension PhotoThe Directorate of Extension was set up in 1958 in the wake of launching of Community Development Programmes and National Extension Service throughout the country in 1953. Apart from functions of dissemination of specific knowledge to farmers and supervision of the countrywide extension training infrastructure, Directorate of Extension was also later called upon to implement National Programmes like Intensive Agricultural District Programme (IADP) and Intensive Agricultural Areas Programmes (IAAP). However, since 1974 the emphasis was shifted to Training and Visit system of Extension, which was introduced in 17 major states with the World Bank Assistance.

The Directorate of Extension/Extension Division is the nodal agency in the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry Of Agriculture for agricultural extension programmes. It assists and encourages the State Departments in organising, maintaining and operating professional extension services. The role of Extension Division/Directorate of Extension is essentially collaborative, providing guidance, technical support to the Extension Division.

The Extension Division is headed by Joint Secretary (Extension)-cum-Extension Commissioner who is assisted by the three Joint Commissioners.

The four principal functional areas of the Directorate of Extension at present, are Extension Management, Extension Training, Farm Information and Farm Women Development. The Directorate of Extension has five units i.e. four units corresponding to those functional areas and the fifth one is Administration Unit.

Programmes & Schemes

Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Scheme was launched during 2005-06. Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms It aims at making extension system farmer driven and farmer accountable by way of new institutional arrangements for technology dissemination in the form of an Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) at district level to operationalize the extension reforms. ATMA has active participation of farmers/farmer-groups, NGOs,KrishiVigyanKendras (KVKs), Panchayati Raj Institutions and other stakeholders operating at district level and below. Release of funds under ATMA scheme is based on State Extension Work Plans (SEWPs) prepared by the State Governments. Allocation of resources for activities related to extension is linked to number of farm households and Blocks. At present, the Scheme is under implementation in 614 districts in 28 States and 3 UTs in the country.

In order to promote key reforms under the Scheme, ATMA Cafeteriam, 2010 continues to support activities in line with the following policy parameters:

  • Multi-agency Extension Strategies :At least, 10% of allocation on recurring activities at district level is to be used through non-governmental sector viz. NGOs, Farmers Organization (FOs), Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), Para-Extension workers, Agri-Preneurs, Input Suppliers, Corporate Sector, etc.
  • Farming System Approach : The activities specified in the cafeteria are broad enough to promote extension delivery consistent with farming systems approach and extension needs emerging through Strategic Research and Extension Plan (SREP).
  • Farmer Centric Extension Services : The Cafeteria provides for group-based extension and it has necessary allocation for activities related to organizing and supporting farmer groups. In order to supplement these efforts, a provision for rewards and incentives to the best organized farmer groups has also been provided.
  • Convergence: The SREP and SEWP are mechanisms for ensuring convergence of all activities in extension. At present, resources for extension activities are being provided under different Schemes of the Central/State Governments. It is mandated that the SEWP to be submitted by the State Governments shall specify the activities to be supported from the resources of other ongoing Schemes as well as from this Scheme. Convergence between Research & Extension is being established in the field as per a joint circular issued by DAC & ICAR.
  • Mainstreaming Gender Concerns :Gender Budgeting enunciates that at least 30% of resources on programmes and activities are utilized for women farmers.
  • Sustainability of Extension Services :At least, 10% contribution should be realized from beneficiaries with respect to beneficiary oriented activities.

The important features of the Revised cafeteria include

  • Support for specialists and functionaries at State, District and Block Level
  • Innovative support through a ‘Farmer Friend’ at Village Level @ 1 Farmer Friend per two villages
  • Farmers Advisory Committees at State, District and Block levels
  • Farm Schools in the field of outstanding farmers being promoted at Block/ Gram Panchayat level by integrating the Progressive farmers into Agricultural Extension System (AES) (3-5 Farm Schools/ block).
  • Farmer-to-farmer extension support at the village level to be promoted through Farmers’ Group.
  • Farmers’ Awards instituted at Block, District and State levels.
  • Community Radio Stations (CRS) set up by KVKs/SAUs are being promoted under the Programme.
  • For Non-Governmental implementing agencies, States have been given the flexibility of having Extension Work Plans prepared and approved at the State level. Minimum 10 per cent of outlay of the Programme is to be utilized through them. Non-governmental implementing agencies (excluding the corporate sector) are also eligible for service charge up to a maximum of 10 percent of the cost of the extension activities implemented through them. Apart from other NGOs, financial assistance is also available for implementation of extension activities through agri-preneurs.,
  • Public extension functionaries being made more effective through trainings and exposure visits. National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad is offering PG Diploma in Agriculture Extension Management for public extension functionaries which is fully funded under the ATMA Programme.
Mass Media Support to Agricultural Extension

The Central Sector Scheme ‘Mass Media Support to Agriculture Extension’ has been launched during the Tenth Plan Period to enable a revamping of the extension services in the country by using electronic media i.e the wide network of Doordarshan and All India Radio for transfer of technology and information to the farmers. Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension ReformsThe primary objective of the Scheme is to use Television and Radio with their massive penetration as a vehicle that could be exploited for the purpose of extension. They have the advantage of reaching a wide audience at a very low cost. Under this Scheme, the existing infrastructure of Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR) is being utilized to make the farmers aware of modern technologies and researches related to agriculture and allied areas. A 30 minute programme is being telecast five to six days a week through National, 18 Regional Kendras and 180 High Power/Low Power Transmitters of Doordarshan. Similarly, 96 Rural FM Radio Stations of All India Radio are being utilized to broadcast 30 minutes of programme for farmers 6 days a week. For telecasting success stories, innovations and for popularization of change-setting technology and farming practices through the Saturday slot of Doordarshan’s National Channel, DAC is producing films, which would consciously project inter-alia positive aspects of agriculture in India.

Focused Advertisement Campaign The Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry Of Agriculture has launched a ‘Focused Advertisement Campaign’ tocreate awareness of assistances available under various schemes. At the national level this is being implemented by way of short advertisements Audio & Video Spots of 30 – 60 seconds duration. The spots are broadcast/telecast through AIR, DD and private channels operating at the national and regional level during news, serials, and entertainment programmes having maximum viewership.

Establishment of Agri-Clinic and Agri-Business Centres by Agriculture Graduates (ACABC)

The ACABC scheme is under implementation since 2002. Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension ReformsThe scheme aims at creating gainful self-employment opportunities to unemployed agricultural graduates, agricultural diploma holders, and intermediate in agriculture and science graduates with post graduation in agriculture related courses supporting agriculture development and supplementing the efforts of public extension.

MANAGE is the implementing agency for training component under the scheme at identified Nodal Training Institutes (NTIs) in various states.

NABARD is the implementing agency for banks for implementing subsidy component under the scheme and is monitoring credit support to Agri-Clinics through Commercial Banks

The scheme is open to graduates in agriculture and allied subjects/ biological science graduates with post graduation in agriculture & allied subjects from SAUs/ Central Agricultural Universities/ Universities recognized by ICAR/ UGC, diploma / post graduate diploma holders in agriculture and allied subjects from State Agricultural Universities and also Intermediate (i.e. plus two) level with agriculture courses.

The credit linked back-ended subsidy @ 36% of the capital cost of the project funded through bank loan is available under the scheme. This subsidy is 44% in respect of candidates belonging to SC/ST, Women and other disadvantaged sections and those from North-Eastern and Hill areas.

The ACABC scheme has recently been revised with changes in relevant operational aspects and also to expand its scope so as to harness the potential of rural educated unemployed youths to start agri-enterprises in rural areas for serving farming community.

Central Sector Scheme on Extension Support to Central Institutions

Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension ReformsThe fast changing extension scenario calls for supporting various central institute such as MANAGE/EEIs and also redefining the roles, responsibilities and restructuring of the DOE to enhance its effectiveness and operational efficiency. The support is provided in following heads under the scheme.
HRD Support: DAC has strengthened a network of training institutions in the country by supporting the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) at Hyderabad; four Extension Education Institutes (EEIs) at the Regional level and the State Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institutes (SAMETIs) at the State level.

MANAGE: MANAGE is providing training support to senior and middle level functionaries of the State Governments. It is also providing necessary support to the States in implementation of Extension Reforms (ATMA) scheme.
The self-financing educational training courses of MANAGE are two-year Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management, one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Agri-Warehousing and Cool Chain Management (AWACCM), and one year distance education Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI)

Extension Education Institutes (EEIs): Four Extension Education Institutes located at Nilokeri (Haryana), Rajendranagar, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), Anand (Gujarat) and Jorhat (Assam) are operating at the Regional level. The objective of EEIs is to improve the skills and professional competence of Extension field functionaries of Agriculture and allied departments in the field of (a) Extension Education; (b) Extension Methodology; (c) Information and Communication Technology; (d) Training Methodology; (e) Communication; (f) Extension Reforms Scheme; (g) Market led Extension; etc.

Model Training Courses (MTCs): Model Training Courses of eight days duration on thrust areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, and Fisheries Extension are supported by the Directorate of Extension (DOE) with the objective of improving the professional competence and upgrading the knowledge and developing technical skills of Subject Matter Specialists/Extension workers of Agriculture and allied departments.

National Gender Resource Centre in Agriculture(NGRCA): Policy level initiatives for gender mainstreaming in DAC are being promoted and coordinated by the Extension Division through a National Gender Resource Centre in Agriculture (NGRCA) which is located in the Directorate of Extension. The Centre is also mandated to perform functions of Gender Budgeting Cell of DAC. The NGRCA has taken up several studies to promote gender mainstreaming in DAC.

Exhibitions: Agricultural exhibitions are important means of reaching to a large number of farmers. DAC participates in India International Trade Fair (IITF) every year .Besides, DAC supports five regional fairs every year. State and District level exhibitions are supported under ATMA programme.

Pre-seasonal DAC- ICAR Interfaces: Pre-seasonal DAC-ICAR Interfaces are organized under the co-chairmanship of Secretary (A&C) and Director General (DG),ICAR to evolve joint strategies on the emerging Issues of Agriculture Sector. During the Interface both the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation(DAC) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) share a common platform to deliberate upon various recommendations made by expert group in different Subject Matter Areas. The participants in DAC-ICAR Interface involve the senior officers from DAC, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries (AHD&F) and ICAR.

Subordinate Offices

Autonomous Institute

General Coordination

Overview

General Coordination Division of Department of Agriculture & Cooperation is entrusted with the following work

  • Organizing the National level conference on Agriculture namely Rabi and Kharif.
  • Matters relating to compilation and distribution of Annual Report.
  • Issue of passes for Republic Day parade/Independence Day Flag Hosting Ceremony within Department.
  • General Coordination work relating to Zonal Council Meetings.
  • General Coordination work relating to Parliament Questions on Organizational/Administrative/Miscellaneous matters (as distinct from specified subjects such as fertilizer, plant protection etc.) and also with which no Division is concerned or more than two Divisions are concerned.
  • Processing of comments on Draft Cabinet Notes/EFC Memos etc. sent by other Ministries/Departments.
  • Coordination work relating to Agriculture Department of the Union Territories.
  • Matters relating to reservation for Scheduled Castes, Schedule Tribes and Backward Classes in Services including inspection of reservation rosters maintained by Department (Headquarters) as well as attached and subordinate officers, reservation for ex-servicemen and for physically handicapped persons.

Official Language

Overview

Implementation of Official Language Policy of the Union Government in the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation
  • Joint Hindi Salahakar Samiti of the Ministry Of Agriculture has been constituted to monitor the implementation of the Official Language Policy of the Union Government in all three Departments i.e. Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying and Department of Research and Education. The Hon’ble Agriculture Minister presides over the meetings of the Samiti.
  • To monitor the implementation of the Official Language Policy of the Union Government, the Department has an Official Language Implementation Committee (OLIC) chaired by the Joint Secretary (Administration).
Implementation of the Official Language Act 1963 /Rules 1976 and Annual Programme etc.
  • To monitor and review the position of the progressive use of Hindi in the Department & Subordinate Offices for the implementation of the Official Language Policy.
  • Assessment of the quarterly progress report of the Department, attached & Subordinate offices regularly.
  • The Department nominates officials for training in Hindi, Hindi Shorthand and Typing under the Hindi Teaching Scheme of the Department of Official Language.
  • Implementation of Cash Awards scheme for doing original noting and drafting in Hindi under the incentive scheme for promotion of the use of Hindi in the Official work of the Department.
  • To implement the Official Language Policy, Inspections of the Sections and Subordinate Offices of the Department regularly.
  • Employees possessing working knowledge in Hindi are deputed to undergo training in Hindi workshops organized by the O L Division from time to time for proficiency .
  • Celebration of Hindi Day/ Fortnight every year and organisation of various competitions. Cash awards and certificates of appreciation given to the winners of these competitions.
  • Participating in the meetings and workshops organized by Attached & Subordinate Offices.
  • Assisting the Parliamentary Committee on Official Language during the inspection of the Attached & Subordinate Offices.
  • Translation Branch looks after the work of translation of Hon’ble Minister’s speeches, Parliament Question and Answers, Standing Committee materials, Budget materials, Agenda Notes & minutes of the meetings, Annual Report, various Reports, Codes & Manuals , prescribed proformas , RTI matters and correspondence of the Department.
Director(Official Language)
Divisional Head /AA
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Translation Branch 
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Policy & Implementation Section
   
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Horticulture

Overview

Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension ReformsThe horticulture sector, with a wide array of crops – ranging from fruits and vegetables to orchids and nuts, mushrooms and honey has been a driving force in stimulating a healthy growth trend in Indian agriculture. India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world and occupies first position in the production of fruits like mango, banana, papaya, sapota, pomegranate, acid lime and aonla and vegetables like peas and okra.The Division is implementating various schemes for the Developement of Horticulture in the Country.

Programmes & Schemes

Subordinate Offices

Autonomous Bodies

Portal Of National Horticulture Mission

Information Technology

Overview

Information TechnologyThe National Policy for Farmers emphasizes use of Information and Communication Technology(ICT) at village level for reaching out to the farmers with the correct advisories and requisite information. Sustained efforts have been made to improve and harness latest Information Technology techniques to capture & collate data, add value to it and disseminate the same to all the stake-holders.

Programmes & Schemes

National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGP-A):

The Mission Mode Project has been introduced during last phase of the 11thplan to achieve rapid development of agriculture in India through the use of ICT for ensuring timely access to agriculture related information for the farmers of the country. Information Technology There are a number of current IT initiatives/schemes undertaken or implemented by DAC which are aimed at providing information to the farmers on various activities in the agriculture value chain. These initiatives will be integrated so that farmers would be able to make proper and timely use of the available information. Such information is intended to be provided to farmers through multiple channels including Common Service Centers, Internet Kiosks and SMSs. 12 clusters of services have been identified and the project has been sanctioned for implementation in 7 States i.e. Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The services include Information on Pesticides, Fertilizers & Seeds, Soil Health; Information on crops, farm machinery, training and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs); Weather advisories; Information on prices, arrivals, procurement points, and providing interaction platform; Electronic certification for exports & import; Information on marketing infrastructure; Monitoring implementation / evaluation of schemes & program; Information on fishery inputs; Information on irrigation infrastructure; Drought Relief and Management; Livestock Management. First phase of the Project is being implemented for a sum of Rs. 227.79 crores.

Strengthening of IT Apparatus in Agriculture and Cooperation in the States and Union Territories (AGRISNET)

Strengthening/ Promoting Agricultural Information System: To promote e-Governance in Agriculture at the Centre and to provide support to States/UTs for the same, DAC is implementing this Central Sector Scheme. The scheme has the following components:

  • IT apparatus at DAC Headquarters, field offices and Directorates

    Under the DACNET Project, the Directorates/field units have been provided basic infrastructure which has helped in achieving e-readiness.

  • Development of Agricultural Informatics and Communication

    DAC has developed around 80 portals, applications and websites (primarily in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre) covering both the headquarters and its field offices/directorates. The important portals include Farmers’ Portal SEEDNET, DACNET, AGMARKNET (prices and arrivals in Mandis), RKVY (Rashtriya Krishi VikasYojana), ATMA, NHM (National Horticulture Mission), INTRADAC, NFSM (National Food Security Mission) and APY (Acreage, Productivity and Yield). DAC is getting online data entry done right from the District level at least, so as to expedite generation of requisite queries & reports in an efficient manner.

Information TechnologyUnder this Scheme, funds are provided to State/UTs for computerization down to Block level. Funds to 26 states have been released under AGRISNET to achieve the objective of providing computers up to Block level. State specific software packages have been developed to disseminate information to the farmers. Availability of requisite hardware and locally suitable software packages has resulted in quick retrieval of data, dissemination of information to farmers and provision of farmer centric services to farmers. The States/UT’s which have availed assistance under the Scheme are Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Assam, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Punjab, Orissa, Mizoram, Kerala, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry , Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Bihar, and Manipur.

The Kisan Call Centre (KCC) initiative aims to provide information to the farming community through toll-free telephone lines (telephone No. 18001801551). Information Technology Under this project, call centre facilities have been extended to the farmers through call centres located in different states so that farmers can get the information in their own language. Recently KCCs have been further revamped by consolidation and appointing a new service provider for KCC to set up state of the art KCCs at 14 identified locations.

Attached Offices

Websites/Portals/Applications of DAC

Integrated Nutrient Management

Overview

INM Division is responsible for following activities

Assessment of requirement of fertilizers Integrated Nutrient ManagementDepartment of Agriculture & Cooperation organize Zonal Conferences to assess the requirement of fertilizers of States before each cropping season namely Kharif (1st April to 30th September) & Rabi (1st October to 31st March), in consultation with representatives of State Governments, Department of Fertilizers, Lead Fertilizer Suppliers, Fertilizer Association of India (FAI) and ICAR etc. This assessment is made based on the initial requirements projected by State Governments/UTs and they arrive at the requirements of fertilizers on the basis of requirements of NPK nutrients, Consumption pattern, Gross Cropped Area, Irrigated Area etc.
After finalizing requirement of different fertilizers for all States, statement indicating month-wise and fertilizer-wise requirement is prepared and communicated to Department of Fertilizers (DOF) for making supply plan.

Availability of Fertilizers
A weekly audio-visual conference is jointly organized by this Ministry and Department of Fertilizers with all the States to monitor availability of fertilizers as per the monthly allocation plan prepared by Department of Fertilizers.

Implementation of two schemes namely National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility (NPMSHF) and National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF)

Administration of Fertilizer Control Order (FCO), 1985

Programmes & Schemes

National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility (NPMSHF)
Integrated Nutrient Management“National Project on Management of Soil Health & Fertility” (NPMSH&F) has been taken up from 2008-09 to promote balanced and judicious use of fertilizer in conjunction with organic manure on soil test basis with an outlay of Rs.429.85 crore during 11th plan period. The central sector scheme on Central Fertilizer Quality Control & Training Institute / Regional Laboratories has been subsumed in the scheme from 01.04.2009.

Broad objectives

  • To facilitate and promote Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) through judicious use of chemical fertilizers, including secondary and micro nutrients, in conjunction with organic manures and bio-fertilizers, for improving soil health and its productivity.
  • To strengthen soil testing facilities and provide soil test based recommendations to farmers for improving soil fertility and economic return to farmers.
  • To promote use of micro nutrients for improving efficiency of fertilizer use.
  • To upgrade the skill and knowledge of STL/extension staff and farmers and their capacity building through training and demonstration including demonstration on farmers fields regarding benefits of balanced use of fertilizers.
  • To ensure quality control of fertilizers through strengthening of fertilizer quality control facility including training to enforcement officers of state governments for effective implementation of “fertilizer control order”.
Strengthening of Soil Testing Laboratories (STLs)

Components

  • Setting up new soil testing laboratories and Mobile Soil Testing Laboratories (MSTLs).
  • Strengthening of existing static STLs for micronutrient analysis.
  • Capacity building through training STL staff/extension officers/farmers and field demonstration/workshop etc.
  • Creation of data bank for balanced use of fertilizers, which is site specific.
  • Adoption of village by STLs (10 villages each) through frontline field demonstrations.
  • Preparation of digital district soil matter (using global positioning system) a soil fertility monitoring system by ICAR state agriculture universities (SAUs.)
Promoting use of integrated nutrient management
  • Promotion of organic manuring.
  • Promotion of soil amendments (basic slag) in acidic soils.
  • Promotion and distribution of micro-nutrients.
Strengthening of fertilizer quality control laboratories
  • Strengthening / up-grading existing state fertilizer quality control laboratories.
  • Setting up of new fertilizer quality control laboratories by state governments.
  • Setting up of fertilizer testing laboratories for advisory purposes, under the private / cooperative sector.
Continuation/strengthening of Central Fertilizer Quality Control & Training Institute, Faridabad and its Regional Laboratories.
  • The Central Fertilizer Quality Control & Training Institute (CFQC&TI) and its RFCLs, which were set up during 4th Plan and 7th plan respectively are continuing since then as Plan Scheme, with techno-statutory functions as a part of National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility. The Institute besides ensuring the inspection and analysis of imported fertilizers (all quantity) and Indigenous fertilizers (on random basis), also impart training to all State Fertilizer Inspectors, Notified Authorities and Fertilizer Analysts as statutory function and also an exclusive training organization on Fertilizer Quality Control for foreign participants of developing counties.
National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF)
Integrated Nutrient Management Realizing the growing potential of organic farming in the country, DAC launched a National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF) with an outlay of Rs. 57.05 crore as a pilot project during 2004-05 and the project has been continued in 11th Plan with an allocation of Rs. 101.00 crores.
NPOF is being implemented through the National Centre of Organic Farming (NCOF) at Ghaziabad and its six Regional Centers of Organic Farming (RCOFs) at Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Hisar, Jabalpur, Imphal and Nagpur. The mandate of the scheme is as follows:
  • Human Resource Development by providing training State Government Officers, Fertilizer Inspectors, Organic Fertilizers Analysts, Organize Certificate Course and Field Functionaries / Extension Officers Training on Organic Farming
  • Statutory Quality Analysis of Biofertilisers and Organic Fertilisers under Fertilizer Control Order (FCO) and Testing of other organic inputs for study purpose
  • Capacity Building for low cost alternative, farmers group centric certification system-PGS
  • Support for organic input production units under Capital Investment Back Ended Subsidy Scheme through NABARD.
  • Awareness creation through publicity, publications and other print and electronic media

Subordinate Offices

International Cooperation

Overview

Integrated Nutrient ManagementInternational Cooperation is to foster mutually beneficial partnerships with other countries of the world in a multilateral as well as bilateral format. Department of Agriculture & Cooperation is the Nodal contact point in Government of India for Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations. With the countries of strategic interest, Bilateral Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), Protocols and Work Plans are signed and implemented for furthering cooperation in the field of Agriculture & Allied sectors in coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs and other concerned Departments.

Macro Management

Overview

Mechanization and Technology

Overview

Farm mechanization is an important element of modernization of agriculture.Farm Productivity is positively correlated with the availability of farm power coupled with efficient farm implements and their judicious utilization.Integrated Nutrient Management Agricultural mechanization not only enables efficient utilization of various inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, plant protection chemicals and water for irrigation but also it helps in poverty alleviation by making farming an attractive enterprise. The Department of Agriculture and Cooperation is following multi-pronged strategy for promoting Farm Mechanization.
The Dept. is implementing a scheme for Promoting Agricultural Mechanization through “Outsourcing of training and demonstrations of newly developed equipments”. The objective of the scheme is to create awareness about agricultural equipment and machinery among the end users and other stakeholders. Through this scheme, State Governments organize demonstration of improved/newly developed agricultural/horticultural equipment as identified by them at farmers' fields so that the farmers get acquainted about their use and utility for production of different types of crops. In the year 2012-13, an outlay of Rs. 12.08 Crores has been made. Out of total outlay, Rs. 4.00 crores is earmarked for North Eastern States.

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Programmes & Schemes

Operational Guidelines for Central Sector Scheme - Post Harvest Technology and Management English / Hindi

Operational Guidelines for Central Sector Scheme - Promotion and Strengthening of Agriculture Mechanization through Training, Testing and Demonstration. English / Hindi

Vidarbha Intensive Irrigation Programme

Subordinate Offices

National Portal on Farm Mechanisation

Natural Resources Management

Overview

Land serves as storage for water and nutrients required for plants and other living micro-macro-organisms. The demand for food, energy and other human requirements depends upon the preservation and improvement of the productivity of lands, which is not only inelastic but also heterogeneous in different parts and regions of the country with a definite set up, capabilities, suitabilities for different land resources.Integrated Nutrient Management Conservation of land resources can promote sound land use to match with the land capabilities or suitabilities and to initiate correct land resources, development/suitability in the country. The increasing human and animal population has reduced the availability of land over the decades. The per capita availability of land has declined from 0.89 hectare in 1951 to 0.27 hectare in 2011 and per capita availability of agricultural land has also reduced from 0.48 hectare to 0.15 hectare during this period. Crop production is subjected to considerable instability from year to year due to its dependence on rainfall, which is slightly erratic and variant in space and time.

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Programmes & Schemes

Portal of Agriculture and Climate Change

NRMThe National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) identifies measures that promote India’s development objectives while also yielding co-benefits for address­ing impact of climate change effectively. It outlines a number of steps to advance India's development and climate change-related objectives of adap­tation and mitigation. There are Eight National Missions which form the core of the National Action Plan, represent­ing multi-pronged, long-term and integrated strate­gies for achieving key goals in the context of climate change. The National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) is one of the eight missions envisaged under the aegis of NAPCC.

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Subordinate Offices

Plan Coordination

Overview

Plan Coordination (PC) Division in the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC) is entrusted primarily with time bound formulation and finalization of Five Year Plans and Annual Plans of DAC in consultation with various Divisions within the Department and Planning Commission. Integrated Nutrient Management This exercise is initiated after receiving an intimation from Planning Commission around the third quarter of every year and is completed by February end of the following year, after intense consultations with the concerned Divisions taking into consideration their requirements, the past expenditure pattern and the funds made available by the Planning Commission. This exercise includes an analysis of the Plan outlays and the expenditure under various schemes of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation in consultation with the concerned Divisions, Planning Commission, Cabinet Secretariat and PMO. A review of the Five Year Plans and Annual Plans is also done in consultation with Planning Commission and other agencies. Half Yearly Progress Reports of Plan Schemes and Mid-Term Appraisals of Five Year Plans are also done in consultation with concerned Divisions and Planning Commission.

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Plant Protection

Overview

Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage, Faridabad

Plant Protection continues to play a significant role in achieving targets of crops production.Plant Protection The major thrust areas of plant protection are promotion of Integrated Pest management, ensuring availability of safe and quality pesticides for sustaining crop production from the ravages of pests and diseases, streamlining the quarantine measures for accelerating the introduction of new high yielding crop varieties, besides eliminating the chances of entry of exotic pests and for human resource development including empowerment of women in plant protection skills.

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Attached Offices

Policy

Overview

Policy Division of DAC has three sections viz. Policy, Policy(NCF) and Special Policy(SP).

PolicyThe work allocation of Policy Section includes formulation of overall policy and strategy for agricultural development in a long term perspective; development of vision for agriculture over the next 20 years or so; preparation of Action Plans for achieving the same; matters concerning Policy Planning Group and other groups set up from time to time relating to policy issues; coordination matters concerning formulation of National Policies in various sub-sectors of agriculture and allied sectors etc.

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Rainfed Farming System

Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

Overview

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), in its meeting held on 16 August, 2007 approved the Additional Central Assistance Scheme (ACA) for Agriculture & Allied Sectors, namely, the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) with an envisaged outlay of Rs.25,000 crore during the XI Five Year Plan. Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana For the year 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11& 2011-12 outlays of Rs.1263 crore, Rs.2891.70 crore, Rs.3707.07 crore, Rs.6722 crore and Rs.7810.87 crore were approved at RE stage. Against the total outlay of Rs. 22394.64 crore(RE) approved for the 11th plan period, Rs.22408.79crore were released for implementation of the scheme during the plan period. For the current year, an amount of Rs.9217 crore has been allocated under this scheme. RKVY aims at achieving 4% annual growth in the agriculture sector during the XI Plan period, by ensuring a holistic development of agriculture and allied sectors.

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Programmes & Schemes

Seeds

Overview

Seed is the most important and vital input for agricultural production. In fact, it is the most cost efficient means of increasing agricultural production and productivity.Seeds Efficacy of other agricultural inputs in enhancing productivity and production, such as fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation is largely determined by the quality of seed. Quality of seed accounts for twenty to twenty five percent of productivity. It is, therefore, important that quality seeds are made available to the farmers of the country. The Indian Seeds programme recognizes three generations of seeds, namely, breeder, foundation and certified seeds.

The Department of Agriculture and Co-operation is implementing a Central Sector Scheme as ‘Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seeds’ since 2005-06 for the whole country. The objective of the ongoing scheme is to ensure production and multiplication of high yielding certified/quality seeds of all crops in sufficient quantities and make the seeds available to farmers, including those in remote areas, not easily accessible by rail/road on time and at affordable price.

Seed Bill

Export of Seeds and Planting Materials

In order to encourage export of seeds, the procedure for export for seed has been considerably simplified. As per the current EXIM Policy, 2009-2014, exports of all seeds are free, except

  • Breeder or foundation or wild plants
  • onion, berseem, cashew, nux vomica, rubber, pepper cuttings, sandalwood, saffron, neem, forestry species, Red sanders, Russa Grass and tufts and Seeds of tufts.

The export of these seeds is restricted and is only allowed on case-to-case basis under licence issued by DGFT on the basis of the recommendations of EXIM Committee of Department of Agriculture and Cooperation.

Import of seeds and planting materials

In order to provide the best planting materials available in the world to the Indian farmer and to increase productivity, farm incomes and export earnings, New Policy on Seed Development, 1988 has been formulated. Import of seeds and planting materials are governed by New Policy on Seed Development, 1988. The provisions regarding import of seeds and planting material are:

  • import of seeds/tubers/bulbs/cuttings/saplings of vegetables, flowers and fruits is allowed without a licence in accordance with import permit granted under Plant Quarantine Order, 2003 (PQ Order).
  • Import of seeds, planting materials and living plants by ICAR, etc. is allowed without a licence in accordance with conditions specified by the Ministry Of Agriculture;
  • Import of seeds/tubers of potato, garlic, fennel, coriander, cumin, etc. is allowed in accordance with import permit granted under PQ Order, 2003 and amendments made their under.
  • Import of seeds of rye, barley, oat, maize, millet, jowar, bajra, ragi, other cereals, soybean, groundnut, linseed, palmnut, cotton, castor, sesamum, mustard, safflower, clover, jojoba, etc. is allowed without licence subject to the New Policy on Seed Development, 1988 and in accordance with import permit granted under PQ Order, 2003. A small quantity of seeds sought to be imported would be given to ICAR, or farms accredited by ICAR, for trial and evaluation for one crop season. On receipt of applications for commercial import, DAC would consider the trial/evaluation report on the performance of the seed and their resistance to seed/soil borne diseases. All importers have to make available a small specified quantity of the imported seeds to the ICAR at cost price for testing/accession to the gene bank of NBPGR.
  • The Department of Agriculture and Cooperation has revised the New Policy on Seed Development 1988 on 27.6.2011 to allow import of specified quantity of seeds of wheat and paddy initially for trial and evaluation purpose. Based on the results of trial for one crop season, the company may be allowed to import seeds of wheat and paddy for a period not exceeding two years subject to the conditions stipulated in the revised New Policy of Seed Development 1988.

The import of these seeds is restricted and is only allowed on case-to-case basis under licence issued by Plant Protection Adviser on the basis of the recommendations of EXIM Committee of Department of Agriculture and Cooperation.

The EXIM Committee was constituted in the Seeds Division to deal with application for exports/imports of seeds and planting materials in accordance with the New Policy on Seed Development and EXIM regulation. The composition of the Committee is as under:

  • Additional Secretary (Seeds) - Chairman
  • Agriculture Commissioner
  • DDG (CS), ICAR
  • DDG (Hort.), ICAR
  • JS (IC)
  • JS (PP)
  • Horticulture Commissioner
  • Animal Husbandry Commissioner, Deptt. of Animal Husbandry & Dairying
  • Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR)
  • Plant Protection Adviser
  • Economics and Statistical Adviser
  • JS (Seeds) - Member Secretary

The functions of the EXIM Committee are to analyze applications and furnish recommendations to PPA/DGFT for issue of licence for import/export of seeds and planting material.

The EXIM Committee meets every month subject to tendency of proposals for import/export of seeds and planting material. Exporters/importers are required to submit 20 copies of applications for export/import in the prescribed formats. The minutes of the EXIM Committee are approved by Secretary (A&C) after which letters recommending exports/imports of seeds and planting material are sent to DGFT and PPA for necessary action.

OECD Seed Scheme

Government of India become a member of OECD Seed Scheme from 23rd October, 2008 and participates in the five varietal certification schemes viz grass and legume seeds, Crucifer seed and other oil or fiber species seed, Cereal seeds, maize and sorghum seed and vegetable seeds. SeedsOECD Seed Certification facilitates International seed trade. Joint Secretary who is in-charge of seeds, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation has been designated as National Designated Authority (NDA) and Ten State Seed Certification Agencies are declared as Designate Authority (DA) to operate OECD Seed Scheme in India. Seed Division convened various meetings, workshops, awareness programs etc., to operate the scheme from the year 2009 to 2013. Currently, 61 seed varieties from the public sector, covering 19 crops, are listed in the 2011 OECD. Seed Division has also forwarded list of 35 varieties in 6 crops belonging to private sector for inclusion in the OECD list of varieties. It is hoped that by 2013 more than 150 varieties from India will be listed in OECD list of varieties and to produce the seeds under OECD Seed Scheme for export.

FDI Policy on seed sector

SeedsAs per extant policy, FDI is permitted up to 100% under the automatic route in development and production of seeds and planting material subject to certain conditions as mentioned in “Circular No. 1 of 2011: Consolidated FDI Policy” issued by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. The permission for FDI up to 100% would encourage infusion of foreign investment into the seed sector and would also facilitate indigenous seed companies for strengthening of Research and Development activities for development of Seeds of better varieties.

Programmes & Schemes

Component details of the Central Sector Scheme ‘Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seeds’

SeedsThe Department of Agriculture and Co-operation is implementing a Central Sector Scheme known as ‘Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seeds’ since 2005-06 on an all India basis. The objective of the ongoing scheme is to ensure production and multiplication of high yielding certified/quality seeds of all crops in sufficient quantities and make the seeds available to farmers, including those in remote areas, not easily accessible by rail/road on time. The Scheme has the following components:-

Name of the Component Details of the component
Transport Subsidy on Movement of Seeds This component covers North-Eastern States including Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and hill areas of West Bengal. The component provides for (a) 100% reimbursement of difference between rail and road transportation cost for the movement of seeds produced outside the State and (b) the actual cost, restricted to maximum limit of Rs.60 per quintal whichever is less for the movement of seed within the State from State capital / district headquarters to sale outlets/sale counters.
Establishment & Maintenance of Seed Bank.

In order to ensure that seeds are available to the farmers at the time of natural calamities like floods, droughts, etc. this component is implemented to establish a seed bank to maintain stocks of foundation and certified seeds of different crops / varieties which can be utilised for such contingent requirements.

Under this component, grants-in-aid are released to National Seeds Corporation, State Farms Corporation of India, State Seeds Corporation, Kerala Seed Development Authority, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, etc.

Quality Control Arrangement on Seeds

This component deals with arrangement to regulate the quality of seeds under the Seeds Act, 1966 to strengthen quality control organisations like State Seed Certification Agencies, State Seed Testing Laboratories, Central Seed Testing Laboratory and Central Seed Committee apart from imparting training to officials engaged in the seed sector and for enforcing the seed law in order to ensure the production and distribution of quality seeds to protect the interest of farmers. This component also deals with the strengthening of National Seed Research and Training Centre at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh). This Centre is accredited as Central Seed Testing Laboratory and acts as referral seed testing laboratory as well as a premier training centre on all aspects of seed technology to different stakeholders.

Under this component, grants-in-aid are released to State/UT Departments of Agriculture, National Seeds Corporation, State Farms Corporation of India, State Seed Certification Agencies, State Seed Corporations, State Agricultural Universities, etc.

Seed Village Programms

To upgrade the quality of farmer-saved seed, which is about 80-85% of the total seed used for crop production programme, financial assistance is provided for distribution of foundation/certified seeds at 50% cost of the seed of crops for production of certified/quality seeds only and for training on seed production and technology to the farmers.

The seed produced in these seed villages are preserved/stored till the next sowing season. In order to encourage farmers to develop storage capacity of appropriate quality, assistance is given to farmers for making/procuring of Pusa Bin/Mud bin/Bin made from paper pulp for storing of seed produced by the farmers on their farms.

Under this component, grants-in-aid are released to State/UT Departments of Agriculture, National Seeds Corporation, State Farms Corporation of India, State Seed Certification Agencies, State Seed Corporations, State Agricultural Universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, etc.

Assistance for Creation/ Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities in Public Sector.

In order to establish/strengthen infrastructure facilities for production and distribution of quality seeds, assistance for creating facilities of seed cleaning, grading, processing, packing and seed storage is provided. Assistance for strengthening of the existing seed corporation with respect to above mentioned infrastructure is also considered on case to case basis. The assistance is available in the form of grants-in-aid for specific purpose of creating infrastructure facilities mentioned above only.

Assistance is provided at the standard rate of Rs.22.25 lakh per seed processing plant of 1000 MTs (including construction of building and machinery/equipment) or multiples thereof. For construction of seed storage godown, assistance is provided at the standard rate of Rs.25 lakh per seed godown of 1000 MT capacity and multiples thereof.

Under this component, grants-in-aid are released to State/UT Departments of Agriculture, National Seeds Corporation, State Farms Corporation of India, State Seed Corporations, etc.

Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture. This component is being implemented for providing financial assistance for post-release monitoring of transgenic crops through State Agricultural Universities (SAUs)/Department of Agriculture of States/Krishi Vigyan Kendras, strengthening of State Seed Testing Laboratories for quality control of GM seeds, public awareness campaign through SAUs, scientific organisations/Institutes and for promotion of tissue culture through SAUs/specialised institutions/seed corporations.

Under this component, grants-in-aid are released to State/UT Departments of Agriculture, National Seeds Corporation, State Farms Corporation of India, State Seed Corporations, State Agricultural Universities, etc.
Assistance for Boosting Seed Production in Private Sector Under this component, credit linked back-ended capital subsidy is provided at the rate of 25% of the project cost subject to a maximum limit of Rs.25.00 lakh per unit on seed infrastructure development. Private companies, individual entrepreneurs, self help groups, seed cooperatives, partnership firms are eligible for subsidy. The component is implemented through nationalised/scheduled commercial banks. The assistance is for creation of infrastructure facilities relating to seed cleaning, grading, processing, seed treating, packaging and storage units as well as for seed testing facilities. This assistance is primarily for high volume low value seeds. National Seeds Corporation is the nodal agency for implementation and monitoring of this component.
Promoting for Hybrid Rice Seed Production Under this component, assistance is provided for production as well as distribution of hybrid rice seeds. Production subsidy @ Rs.20/- per kg. and distribution subsidy @Rs.25/- per kg. are given to beneficiaries.

Under this component, grants-in-aid are released to State/UT Departments of Agriculture, National Seeds Corporation, State Farms Corporation of India, State Seed Corporations, etc.
Assistance for Boosting Seed Export Under this component, assistance is meant for obtaining the membership of international organisations like International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) and to participate in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) schemes for the development of Indian seed industry and promotion of export of seeds.

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National Mission on Seeds

The present Scheme requires major changes to adjust to the changed scenario. Some of the reasons for restructuring the present scheme and launching it in the form of a Mission are as under:-

The existing Scheme has 9 components. It is necessary to make modifications in some of the existing components of the Scheme on account of the dynamism in the seed sector and the experience gained in the implementation of the Scheme. The components such as ‘Seed Village Programme’ and ‘Assistance for Boosting Seed Production in Private Sector’ and the parameters for seed storage, processing and laboratories etc need major modifications. The pattern of assistance in some other components also requires revision.

The existing Scheme is being implemented w.e.f. 2005-2006. Seed production technologies are changing and new technologies like transgenics, tissue culture, soil-less agriculture etc. have emerged. There is greater emphasis on seed quality assurance particularly to safeguard the interest of the farmers. There has also been a significant change in the country’s socio-economic conditions. The economy has been substantially liberalized and the private sector is playing an increasing role in various spheres including agriculture.

Sub-Mission on Seed and Planting Material (SMSP)

The 11th Plan on-going Central Sector Plan Schemes (i) Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seeds (DSIS) and (ii) Implementation of PVP Legislation (PPVFRA) are to be merged with the Sub-Mission on Seed and Planting Material with 26 new components on seed sector and another 6 proposed for Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PP&FRA), to be implemented during 12th Plan. These 26 new components can be broadly categorized into 10 categories viz. 1 component of Seed Planning, 7 components of Seed Production, 4 components of Varietal Replacement, 2 components for Specific interventions for public seed producing organization, 2 separate and 1 new component in Quality Control, 1 component of Contingency Planning, PPP in seed sector, provision for meeting cost implementing international treaties, National Campaign, Capacity Building, Innovative measures and 3 components of Mission Management. During the XI Plan period, Scheme relating to Implementation of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act(PPVFRA) had twelve components, which are now being extended to 18.

Interventions proposed under sub mission on seed and planting material.

The interventions are proposed under the following major sectors covering the entire seed chain from nucleus seed to supply to farmer for sowing and also the major stakeholders in the seed chain, both public and private

  • Seed Planning : containing one new component
  • Seed production : with eight components of which 7 are new and one component of Seed Village is proposed to be continued with some modifications
  • Varietal Replacement : containing four new components of which one component pertaining to minikits and FLD’s exists under some of the crop production programmes of DAC
  • Seed Infrastructure : where two existing components of seed storage and seed processing are re-structured to provide for modern infrastructure
  • Quality Control : The components under the existing Scheme and support to NSRTC Varanasi are proposed to continue with amendments. Two new components of National GOT facility and Seed treatment are included.
  • Specific interventions for public Seed Producing Organisations : Two new components for computerization and Working Capital support are proposed.
  • Contingency Planning : It brings in an ambitious element of National Seed Reserve (NSR) and proposes to continue the existing component of Seed Bank till such time as the Reserve is operationalised.
  • Private Sector : in which two components are proposed of which one concerning Public Private Partnerships is new and the existing component of assistance is modified.
  • International Co-Operation : where one is a continuing component and the other pertaining to Seed Export Promotion is new.
  • Other Measures :that contain existing components of Transport Subsidy and Bio-Technology in agriculture which are to be continued; an enlarged component of training and introduces 3 new components of National Campaign for Seed Promotion, surveys and local initiatives.
  • Mission management: containing provisions for operationalising the Mission.

In all 35 components are proposed of which 4 are continuing; 5 are continuing with modifications and twenty six are new.

The Planning Commission had earlier given in-principle approval to the scheme in July, 2010. EFC approved the Mission on 01.04.2011. The note on the National Mission on Seeds was sent to Planning Commission for Full Planning Commission approval. Planning Commission has now suggested a new National Mission for Agricultural Extension and Technology comprising inter alia a Sub- Scheme/Mission on Seed and planting Material. Revised DPR and EFC Memo for the sub scheme/Mission on Seed has been prepared and forwarded to JS(Extension) for appropriate action. Revised DPR with 10% State’s share was forwarded to Extension Division on 5.6.2012.

Planning Commission has reduced/revised the allocation for the XII Five Year Plan for the Department. Accordingly the revised allocation for both the schemes of the Division for XII Five Year Plan is Rs. 1986 crores for ‘Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seeds’ and Rs.102 crore for scheme for Implementation of PVP Legislation( Rs. 2088 crores). Accordingly combined EFC with revised allocation is prepared and being circulated by extension division.

Implementation of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmer’s Rights Act, 2001

Legislation for Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights’ was enacted in year 2001. The legislation provides for the establishment of an effective system for protection of plant varieties, the rights of farmers and plant breeders and to encourage the development of new varieties of plants. The scheme is implemented by Protection of Plant Varieties and farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Authority and autonomous statutory body corporate established under PPV & FR Act,2001 in November,2005.

The main objectives of the Scheme are to provide grants to the Authority for its operational cost and implementation of provision of the Act and financial assistance to DUS Centres for developing guidelines of identified crops for Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) test. The functions of the Authority include registration of plant varieties to protect plant breeder’s rights, which would stimulate investment for research & development for the development of new plant varieties leading to agricultural development in the country, and to protect the rights of the farmers in respect of their contribution made at any time in conserving, improving and making available plant genetic resources The Authority is accordingly, taking steps for development of new varieties of plants and protection of rights of farmers’ and breeders.

The following developments are noteworthy to mention

  • Registration is open for 57 notified crops namely, Rice, Maize, Sorghum, Pearl Millet, Chick Pea, Pigeon Pea, Green Gram, Black Gram, Lentil, Field Pea, Kidney Bean, Cotton (4 species), Jute (2 species), Sugarcane, Ginger, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Small Cardamom, Indian Mustard (2 species), Rapeseed (2 species), Sunflower, Safflower, Castor, Sesame, Linseed, Groundnut, Soybean, Potato, Garlic, Onion, Tomato, Brinjal, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lady Finger, Rose (2 species), Mango, Chrysanthemum, Orchids (3 genera), Wheat (4 species), Coconut, Periwinkle, Indian penywort, Blong Psyllium and Menthol Mint.
  • DUS test guidelines of 40 New Crops / Species are under various stages of development.
  • The Authority has organised / supported 268 programs related to awareness and capacity building for different stakeholders. It has published literature for creating awareness in English, Hindi and other Indian languages such as Tamil, Malayalam, Odiya, Gujarati, Marathi etc. During the year 2011-12 PPV&FR Authority has sponsored 49 training cum awareness programmes on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights.
  • Two Branch Offices of the Authority have been established and mde functional at Ranchi, Jharkhand and Assam Agriculture University, Jhorhat, Assam.
  • The Authority is operating the National Gene Fund constituted by the Government of India under the Act. The Plant Genome Saviour Community Award (five awards of Rs.10 lakhs each) has been instituted and is being awarded since 2009-10, to the farming community / farmers, particularly the tribal and rural ones engaged in conservation, improvement and preservation of genetic resources of economic plants and their wild relatives particularly in the areas identified as agro-biodiversity hotspots (22 Agro-biodiversity hotspots distributed over 7 agro-geographical zones). Plant Genome Savior Community Awards for the year 2010-11 were conferred on 23rd May, 2012 to four communities. In addition seven communities were also given the recognition certificates in the same function.
  • Recently, the Authority has also instituted individual farmer rewards (10 per year of Rs. 1.0 lakh each) and recognition certificates (20 per year).
  • Registration certificate of 347 of new plant varieties have been issued upto 31.03.2012.
  • 95 distinctiveness, uniformity and stability (DUS) test centers have been established in State Agriculture Universities, ICAR, ICFRE, CSIR & other reputed research institutes. Three referral laboratories for special tests have also been identified and supported.
  • Databases on Indian Information System as per DUS Guidelines (IINDUS – 2054 varieties) and Notified and Released Varieties of India (NORV – 7419 varieties) have been developed. Varietal databases of 20 crop species including inputs from respective crop directorates / institutes under the ICAR / NARS system have been compiled.
  • National Gene Bank for conserving seeds of registered varieties has been established in Delhi and Four field gene banks have also been established at Dapoli, Ranchi, Solan and Jodhpur especially for maintaining referral samples of perennial asexually / vegetatively propagated crops. Under the aegis of Ministry Of Agriculture, the Authority has signed an agreement with Netherlands on capacity building and sharing of expertise. Such bilateral programs are being evolved with Germany and Australia.
  • The DARE/ICAR has allotted land to the Authority for construction of its campus in Pusa, New Delhi and the work is in progress.

Subordinate Offices

Autonomous Bodies

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Technology Mission on Oilseeds and Pulses

Overview

Background

SeedsTechnology Mission on Oilseeds (TMO) was created in Department of Agriculture Research & Education (DARE) in May, 1986, under the chairmanship of Secretary Agriculture & Cooperation) with DG, ICAR and Secretary DARE) being its co-Chairmen, to increase the production of oilseeds, reduce the import of oilseeds and achieve selfsufficiency in edible oils. The TMO was transferred from DARE to DAC in March, 1990. Keeping in view the success on oilseeds production, pulses were brought under the Technology Mission in 1990. Oil Palm and Maize were also brought under the Technology Mission in 1992-93 and 1995-96 respectively.

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Technology Mission on Oilseeds (TMO) was created in Department of Agriculture Research & Education (DARE) in May, 1986, under the chairmanship of Secretary Agriculture & Cooperation) with DG, ICAR and Secretary DARE) being its co-Chairmen, to increase the production of oilseeds, reduce the import of oilseeds and achieve selfsufficiency in edible oils. The TMO was transferred from DARE to DAC in March, 1990. Keeping in view the success on oilseeds production, pulses were brought under the Technology Mission in 1990. Oil Palm and Maize were also brought under the Technology Mission in 1992-93 and 1995-96 respectively.

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Programmes & Schemes

Tenth (Five Year) Plan Schemes

During the Tenth Plan, the Division has been restru ctured and following schemes are being implemented from 1st April, 2004:

1. Integrated Scheme on Oilseeds, Pulses, Oil Palm & Maize (ISOPOM)

2. Integrated Development of Tree Borne Oilseeds (TBO)

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Attached Offices

Subordinate Offices

Trade

Overview

SeedsThe Trade division is entrusted with the responsibility for coordinating matters relating to the Export and Import of agricultural commodities. Export and Import (EXIM) Policy, and matters relating to the implementation of World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture, with the Ministry of Commerce, Foreign Promotion Investment Board (FIPB), Export Promotion Board etc. and, also, Coordination with the Ministry of Finance in matters relating to the modification in the Custom/Excise duties on agricultural commodities.

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Programmes & Schemes

Vigilance

Seeds Administrative Vigilance Unit functions under a part time vigilance Officer appointed in the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation to assist the Head of the Department in vigilance matters. Presently, Joint Secretary has been appointed/designated as Chief Vigilance Officer to ensure a clean and corruption free environment through surveillance, preventive and punitive measures. As in-charge of vigilance Unit, he is the nodal officer to coordinate and monitor action on complaints and allegations of corruption. The channel of submission and the level at which decisions for different items of vigilance work are finalized, are as indicated below :

S. No. Items of work Channel of Submission Level of final disposal
1.

Complaints and disciplinary proceedings against officers and
members of staff under the vigilance jurisdiction of the Department.

Group ‘A’ officers

Group ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’ Officers

US/Dir/CVO/Secretary

US/Dir/CVO

AM

Disciplinary Authority

2.

Appeals Review/Revision Petitions

Gr.’A’ officers

Gr.’B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’ officers

US/Dir/CVO/Secretary

US/Dir/CVO

AM

Respective Appellate

Review/Revision Authority

3.

Vigilance clearances

(a)Foreign deputation

(b)Other cases

(i) Gazetted Officials
(beyond GP Rs.Rs.8700/- and officers of the level of JS/AS/SS )
(beyond GP Rs.6600/- upto Rs.8700/-)
(upto GP.Rs.6600/-)

(ii) Non-Gazetted Officials upto GP Rs. 4600/-

(c)Involving Disciplinary proceeding cases

SO/US/DS

SO/US/DS/CVO

SO/US/DS

SO/US

SO

SO/US/DS

CVO

Secretary

CVO

DS/Director

US

CVO

4. Coordination Work SO/US/DS CVO
5. Statistical returns to DOPT/CVC/CBI/PMO SO/US/DS CVO
6. Vigilance inspections of attached /subordinate offices SO/US/DS CVO
7. Preventive Vigilance SO/US/DS CVO

Organizational set up in the Chief Vigilance Office:

He is primarily responsible for the enforcement of anti-corruption measures of the Government of India in the Department and for implementation of the instructions/ guidance issued by the Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi for the maintenance of integrity in the public services. As per the provisions envisaged in the Vigilance Manual, the petitions/complaints/the source reports sent by the Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi, any member of the public, junior officials of the staff, press reports, proceedings of Parliament, audit reports, Stock Verification Reports, surprise inspections, scrutiny of annual property returns, intelligence reports etc. are examined with due care at the Level of Senior Officers of the Department. It is then sent to the appropriate authorities for getting their comments or for launching preliminary enquiries. In case prima facie case is made out, appropriate action, either disciplinary or legal proceedings is initiated against the charged Government servant with the approval of Competent Authorities and with the advice of the Central Vigilance Commission, as the case may be.

Organisational set up under the Chief Vigilance Officer:

Sr.No. Designation Sanctioned Strength In position
1. Director/Deputy Secretary 1 1
2. Under Secretary 1 1
3. Section Officer 1 1
4. Assistant 2 2
5. LDC/UDC 2 2

Complaints/Disciplinary cases received/disposed during the last 3 years in Administrative Vigilance Unit(Deptt. of Agriculture & Cooperation).

Year Opening balance Received during the year Total Disposed during the year Closing Balance
2010 53 66 119 54 65
2011 65 73 138 53 85
2012 85 74 159 59 100
Disciplinary Proceedings
2010 13 1 14 4 10
2011 10 7 17 3 14
2012 14 12 26 4 22

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