The Minister of State for Agriculture, Government of India, recently said in Rajya Sabha that with the implementation of Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) scheme in Eastern states the production of food grains has gone up.
Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) scheme:
- It a sub-scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY). It is being implemented in seven eastern States of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh (Eastern) and West Bengal since 2010-11.
The aim of the BGREI program is to harness the water potential for enhancing agriculture production in Eastern India which was hitherto underutilized.
- The programme gained momentum in 2011-12 with the focus on rice and wheat only and strategic interventions relating to crop production, water harvesting and recycling, asset building and site specific activities needed for improving the agronomy-adopting cluster approach aimed at enhancing the productivity per unit area and the income of the farmers.
- Eastern region hitherto known as food deficit region, has with the help of the programme, turned food surplus region.
- The increased productivity was optimized due to resource allocation and utilization.
- The significant increase in production of food grains in the region not only offset the decline in production in central and peninsular India but also contributed significantly to the highest ever production of food grains.
- The growth in food grains i.e. rice and wheat provides an opportunity to procure and create food grain reserves locally reducing the pressure on Punjab and Haryana, and cutting costs on transport and other logistics.