Government of India launched a special programme of "Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India" in Country.
Government of India launched a special programme of “Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI)” – a sub scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) from 2010-11 in the eastern States comprising of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal with an objective to increase the productivity of rice based cropping system by promotion of recommended agricultural technologies and addressing the underlying key constraints of different agro climatic sub regions. Under this scheme, a bouquet of activities have been taken up that include block demonstrations of rice & wheat technologies in cluster mode approach; promoting resource conservation technology (zero tillage under wheat); creation of asset building activities for water management (shallow tube wells/dug wells/bore wells, distribution of pump sets); promotion of farm implements and need based site specific activities etc. The total production of rice during 2011-12 in seven States of the eastern region (as per 3rd Advance estimates) is 5.54 million tonnes, which is about 21 percent and 18 percent more than the production of 2009-10 and 2010-11, respectively. This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries.