More than 200,000 farmers in Rajasthan are on the path to self-sufficiency thanks to the Mukhyamantri Beej Swavlamban Yojana. This initiative, which provides enhanced seed varieties from the agriculture department, has enabled farmers to produce their own seeds instead of purchasing from marketplaces.
According to a senior agriculture official, farmers in all districts have received free seeds, including wheat, gram, sorghum, soybean, peanut, and pulses. As a result, farmers’ yields and revenue have increased and the issue of seed accessibility has been permanently resolved.
Agriculture Commissioner Kanaram reported that over the past four years, more than 224,000 farmers have received 46,326 quintals of enhanced seeds, producing 214,262 quintal seeds in return. The Chief Minister has declared in the State Budget that the program will now benefit 50,000 farmers, with 34,276 quintals of seeds worth Rs 15 crore given to farmers this fiscal year.
With 50% of farmers being small and marginal, it is crucial that each farmer owns at least 0.2 hectares of land. In Maacharkhani village in the Jaipur district, farmer Girdhari Mamodia received 15 kg of improved-variety gram seeds for free and reports successful germination and high output.
This initiative is a step towards empowering and supporting small and marginal farmers in Rajasthan.