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There is an ongoing programme to extend the benefits of the green revolution to the eastern parts of the country.

The states of Assam, Bihar, eastern U.P, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bengal, Orissa were allocated extra funds in the last year for this purpose. This year (2011-12) too, the Union Budget has allocated additional Rs.400 crore for the same purpose. The money will be utilised according to a plan created by these states.

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The document is about a proposed programme to increase agricultural productivity and livelihood security of farmers in rainfed areas.

 Rainfed areas account for nearly 57 per cent of the agricultural land in India. These areas assume special significance in terms of ecology, agricultural productivity and livelihoods for millions. With proper management, rainfed areas have the potential of contributing a larger share to food grain production. In-fact the potential is such that there is more opportunity for faster agricultural growth here than in irrigated areas.

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This document is the operational plan for implementing the integrated development of 60,000 villages of pulses crops as announced in the 2011-12 Union budget.

The budget allocates Rs 300 crores under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for this scheme. This project will supplement the ongoing work on pulses development under the National Food Security Mission. There is also an emphasis on building institutions that would provide market linkage to the grower of pulses. The states of M.P, U.P, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, and Tamilnadu were chosen for this programme. These states together constitute nearly 96% of area where pulses are grown.

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This document on the management of drought during 2009 published by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture presents the deficiency and erratic behavior of rainfall, impact of drought, mitigation efforts initiated and their results.

This document on the management of drought during 2009 published by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture presents the deficiency and erratic behavior of rainfall, impact of drought, mitigation efforts initiated and their results. During the deficient and erratic rainfall of South-West monsoon 2009, fourteen States declared drought/ drought like situation/ scarcity in 338 districts of the country.

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This manual developed by the NIDM presents a comprehensive approach to drought management and recommends measures that can be implemented for effective drought relief and mitigation.

Manual on Drought Management by the National Institute Disaster Management and the Ministry of Agriculture (2009)This manual developed by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) presents a comprehensive approach to drought management and recommends measures that can be implemented for effective drought relief and mitigation. It brings together conceptual issues, institutional framework & operational details, and replaces the colonial famine codes written largely for dealing with hunger and starvation.

It has been prepared with the objective of creating synergy between the various programmes being implemented to provide drought relief and mitigation by several levels of government.

The key issues covered in the manual are:

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The project envisages participatory watershed development and management in Uttaranchal to enhance livelihood opportunities and institutional strengthening in the state

The Uttaranchal decentralised watershed development project was being implemented (1999 – 2005) with World Bank assistance in the state. In Uttaranchal for enhancing productivity and provide food security to these rainfed areas, comprehensive watershed development approach to conserve soil and water resources and improve the dry land crops is one of the most viable solution. Under the Uttaranchal decentralised watershed development project 0.04 mha area has been treated.

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The policy seeks to promote technically sound, economically viable, environmentally non-degrading, and socially acceptable use of country’s natural resources for sustainable development of agriculture

This is the first ever national agriculture policy (2000) of India and seeks to actualise the vast untapped growth potential of Indian agriculture, strengthen rural infrastructure to support faster agricultural development, promote value addition, accelerate the growth of agro business, create employment in rural areas, secure a fair standard of living for the farmers and agricultural workers and their families, discourage migration to urban areas and face the challenges arising out of economic liberalization and globalisation.

Over the next two decades, it aims to attain:

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