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Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) is already implementing a Crop Diversification Programme (CDP) for replacing paddy crop with less water consuming alternative crops to save water and protect soil in the state of Punjab.

State-wise allocation (central share) under CDP for replacing paddy / tobacco crops during 2019-20 is given below:

                                                                              (Rs. in lakh)

S.I No.

State

Budget Allocation  (central share)

A.

CDP for replacing paddy crop

1.

Punjab

705.76

2.

Haryana

301.73

3.

Uttar Pradesh

320.51

Sub Total

1328.00

B.

CDP for replacing tobacco crop

1

Andhra Pradesh

212.96

2

Bihar

17.80

3

Gujarat

201.23

4

Karnataka

160.08

5

Maharashtra

0.00

6

Odisha

2.45

7

Tamil Nadu

5.33

8

Telangana

10.47

9

Uttar Pradesh

38.21

10

West Bengal

18.47

Sub Total

667.00

C.

Contingency

5.00

Grand Total (A+B+C)

2000.00

 

Crop Diversification Programme (CDP), a sub scheme of RashtriyaKrishiVikasYojana (RKVY) is being implemented in Original Green Revolution States to divert the area of paddy crop to alternate crops and in tobacco growing states to encourage tobacco farmers to shift to alternate crops/cropping system. Under CDP for replacing paddy crop, assistance is provided for four major interventions viz., alternate crop demonstrations, farm mechanization & value addition, site-specific activities &contingency for awareness, training, monitoring, etc. However, for replacing tobacco crop, tobacco growing states have been given flexibility to take suitable activities/interventions for growing alternative agricultural/horticultural crops.

 Government of India also provide flexibility to the states for state specific       needs/priorities under RKVY. The state can promote crop diversification under RKVY with the approval of State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC) headed by Chief Secretary of the State.