The Government plans to carry round 9 million hectares of land beneath mustard cultivation and lift the production to round 17 million tonnes (mt) by 2025-26, in line with Shubha Thakur, Joint Secretary (Oilseeds), Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
(*17*) at a webinar on ‘Mission Mustard 2025’, organised by Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA) of India on Friday, she stated that the common regular space for 5 years from 2014-15 to 2018-19 was 5.9 million hectares and the production was round 7.7 mt.
Stating that the Government is setting an formidable goal for 2025-26, she stated going by the success up to now, the world is anticipated to extend to round 9 million hectares and production to round 17 mt.
Seeking shut coordination and cooperation of the trade to attain this, she stated together with the federal government assist and farmers’ laborious work this may be made potential.
For 2021-22, the federal government is focusing on an space of seven.58 million hectares with a production of 12.24 mt.
The Government focused 368 districts in 13 States final yr for mustard cultivation, and it is going to be continued this yr additionally. Around ₹160 crore was spent on mustard mission final yr, she stated.
In the Rabi of 2021, the world lined beneath mustard was round 7.3 million hectares and a rise of round 4 lakh hectares over the Rabi of 2020.
To obtain the goal for 2025-26, it’s being deliberate to offer prime quality seeds to the farmers, and the Government has embarked upon a correct seed planning.
The Government has made minute planning for the following 5 years, and the areas have been recognized. They embody rice fallow areas, intercropping areas, and non-traditional areas. Planning has additionally been made concerning the districts for taking on mustard cultivation and the seeds availability.
For the 2022 Rabi season, rice fallow areas have been recognized in States equivalent to Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. This intervention will assist carry extra two lakh hectares beneath mustard cultivation, she stated.
On intercropping intervention, she stated it might be accomplished with the key crops in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Maharashtra, and this intervention would carry extra 2 lakh hectares of space beneath the mustard cultivation.
The authorities is focusing on Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala for non-traditional areas, she added.