Biodiversity Conservation and Farm Diversification

It is proposed to conserve the traditional and indigenous varieties available in different crops, including paddy and millets, especially in tribal habitats by providing assistance for cultivation and multiplication of seeds of these varieties by tribals, local farmer clusters, NGOs and other organizations. Provision under the scheme would be utilized for procurement and distribution of seeds of these traditional varieties for promotion of cultivation in other areas and districts. The outlay under the scheme would also be utilised for establishment of a Modern Seed Bank for conservation of traditional and other varieties of different crops. An amount of Rs.100.00 lakh is earmarked for the scheme.