High-yielding indigenous seeds from dal group of tur, moong and soyabean worth Rs 13 lakh were distributed to farm widows free of cost here.
The seeds were handed out in Pandharkawda tehsil of this Vidarbha district at a function held under an initiative of the Vasantrao Naik Sethi Swalamban Mission (VNSSM).
NGOs Dilasha and Tata Trusts of Mumbai have taken a lead in providing the seeds.
“The seeds are of indigenous origin and would ensure better yields with less cost. There would be a seed bank and the seeds would be made available to the farmers in the open market at low cost,” said Chairman of VNSSM Kishor Tiwari.
He was addressing the farm widows gathered at the function in Surana Ginning Mill premises.
The seeds produced by the farm widows would be collected and later the same would be sold in the local market so that they get good price, Tiwari said.
The prominent farm activist said the seed distribution scheme would be implemented in 14 districts spread across Vidarbha and Marathwada shortly in a phased manner.