Indian Government approves continuation of ICAR schemesIndian Government approves continuation of ICAR schemes

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The Central Government has approved the continuation of the ongoing schemes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and seven sub-schemes during the 2007-2012 period at INR 199.53 crore to enhance horticultural productivity and profitability.

ICAR schemes would continue at the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore (IIHR). Some sub-schemes would be implemented at the Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (Lucknow), National Research Centre for Citrus (Nagpur), National Research Centre for Grapes (Pune), National Research Centre for Banana (Trichy), and National Research Centre for Litchi (Muzarffarpur). The other two sub-schemes will be continued at the All India Coordinated Research Project on Tropical Fruits (Bangalore) and AICRP on Sub-Tropical Fruits (Lucknow). The projects would be continued during the 11th Five-Year Plan at a cost of INR 199.53 crore, which includes the ICAR's share of INR 181.95 crore and state governments' shares of INR 17.58 crore. The schemes aim to conserve and safeguard genetic resources and technology for plant health management through understanding leaf spot diseases, development of technology for organic farming, and off-season and protected cultivation to ensure extended availability. The Cabinet has also approved the Agriculture Ministry's proposal to create a post of mission director for the National Food Security Mission, a scheme announced by the Centre in 2007 with an outlay of about INR 5,000 crore to increase the production of wheat, rice and pulses.

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