New Delhi: Some good news for farmers involved in hybrid rice production. The government has decided to double the production of hybrid rice farming for poor farmers from this fiscal. Private companies have also been ordered to provide seeds to the farmers at subsidised rates. Information regarding the purchase, sale requirements has also been sought from all the rice producing states to improve the production. 
The Centre is exploring all possible options to encourage the production. The target of hybrid rice contribution has also been raised to double digits from the current five per cent.
According to reports, information gathered from the rice producing states will be helpful in planning and arranging seeds for farmers.  In order to get seeds at subsidised rates, help will also be sought from National Food Security Mission. Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana will also provide aids to farmers.
On an average, the rice acreage in the country is 350 lakh hectares. West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar are the leading states in terms of land ratio. But, as far as rice production is concerned, Punjab leads among all the states.
It is this state where 36 to 37 quintals rice is produced per hectare. In Tamil Nadu this figure is stable at 32.63 quintals while in Andhra Pradesh it falls down to 29.78 quintals. In comparison the level of rice production in other states is quite low at 13 quintals per hectare.   
The Agriculture Ministry has written a letter to the fertilizer ministry for increasing the availability of fertilizers in the upcoming kharif season.

JPN/Bureau