Govt targets 17 million tonnes mustard production by 2025-26

The Federal government ideas to provide all-around nine million hectares of land below mustard cultivation and increase the production to all-around 17 million tonnes (mt) by 2025-26, according to Shubha Thakur, Joint Secretary (Oilseeds), Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.

Speaking at a webinar on ‘Mission Mustard 2025’, organised by Solvent Extractors’ Affiliation (SEA) of India on Friday, she mentioned that the typical normal area for five years from 2014-15 to 2018-19 was 5.9 million hectares and the production was all-around mt.

Stating that the Federal government is location an formidable goal for 2025-26, she mentioned heading by the achievement in the earlier, the area is expected to increase to all-around nine million hectares and production to all-around 17 mt.

Seeking close coordination and cooperation of the field to reach this, she mentioned alongside with the authorities guidance and farmers’ challenging function this can be built doable.

For 2021-22, the authorities is focusing on an area of seven.58 million hectares with a production of 12.24 mt.

The Federal government qualified 368 districts in 13 States very last 12 months for mustard cultivation, and it will be continued this 12 months also. Around ₹160 crore was put in on mustard mission very last 12 months, she mentioned.

Rabi period

In the Rabi of 2021, the area coated below mustard was all-around seven.three million hectares and an increase of all-around 4 lakh hectares more than the Rabi of 2020.

To reach the goal for 2025-26, it is staying prepared to supply high quality seeds to the farmers, and the Federal government has embarked on a appropriate seed setting up.

The Federal government has built minute setting up for the next five years, and the spots have been recognized. They include things like rice fallow spots, intercropping spots, and non-classic spots. Scheduling has also been built about the districts for getting up mustard cultivation and the seeds availability.

For the 2022 Rabi period, rice fallow spots have been recognized in States these as Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. This intervention will help provide more two lakh hectares below mustard cultivation, she mentioned.

On intercropping intervention, she mentioned it would be accomplished with the key crops in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Maharashtra, and this intervention would provide more two lakh hectares of area below the mustard cultivation.

The authorities is focusing on Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala for non-classic spots, she included.