System of Promoting Appropriate National Dynamism
for Agriculture and Nutrition

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Agricultural Production and Programmes

Publisher: PIB

Food production is a direct mandate of the Ministry of Agriculture whereas providing economic access through Public Distribution System (PDS) and stability in supply through provision of buffer stocks is the direct mandate of Department of Food and Public Distribution. Absorption or provision of nutrition through mid-day meals and Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), etc come within the purview of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Health. After achieving near self-sufficiency in staple food, the Indian government has launched a number of programmes for increasing production (supply side) through the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation as also distribution and consumption (demand side) through the Department of Food and Public Distribution. Currently, around half of India’s population is covered by one or other scheme of the public distribution system, in which subsidised staple food is made available to the people.

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