Rice Development

H/A: 2401-00-102-90 Rs. 11614.00 lakh

The scheme on rice development thrusts upon promotion of paddy cultivation in
the state through group farming and area expansion programmes like fallow land cultivation, single crop to double crop and upland rice cultivation concentrating on the rice growing agro ecological units with natural endowments for augmenting rice productivity.

An outlay of ₹ 11614.00 lakh is provided for rice development during 2021-22. An amount of ₹ 300.00 lakh is earmarked for cultivation of paddy in the fallow lands under Subhiksha Keralam. Rice fallows will be brought under sustainable cultivation with the active involvement and convergence of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS), Kudumbasree, PACS, FPOs and the LSGD institutions. The implementation will be as per the guidelines issued as part of the Subhiksha Keralam programme.


An amount of ₹ 50.00 lakh for raising double crop in single cropped paddy land and ₹ 50.00 lakh for promotion of specialty rice is provided. Out of this₹ 20.00 lakh is for promotion of specialty rice in Wayanad district.

In order to ensure the availability of certified seeds suitable to the locality, Registered Seed Growers Programme (RSGP)/ Seed Village Programme (SVP) will be continued. An amount of ₹ 250.00 lakh is provided for this purpose. This includes assistance to RSGP farmers for certified seed production and state seed farms for multiplication of foundation seeds, and grant for KSSDA (Kerala State Seed Development Authority) @ ₹2000 per tonne of certified seeds procured. The assistance will be available only for transplanted crop. A list of RSGs along with the output will be maintained as a database by the department. In order to ensure timely supply of quality certified seeds, the options for online certification mechanism for seeds shall be explored.

Considering the pivotal role of paddy land conservation in environment protection, an amount of ₹ 4000.00 lakh is set apart for Royalty to the owners of cultivable paddy land @ ₹2000/ ha for conserving the cultivable paddy lands. An owner will be eligible to avail this incentive only once and no repeated distribution of incentive is allowed.

An amount of ₹ 200.00 lakh is earmarked for ‘Operation Double Kole’ a component to encourage double cropping in Kole areas. The assistance will be provided for inputs and infrastructure development based on the project proposal from the special officer of the programme. The convergence of schemes RKVY, RIDF and Kerala Agricultural University will be ensured.

Special Assistance for ₹136.00 lakh is provided for traditional rice growing tracts of Pokkali, Kari lands and Kaippad. The assistance will be provided based on separate project proposal covering production and field level infrastructure component and for development of customized harvesting machines. An amount of  50.00 lakh is set apart for operationalization of paddy and wetland Act 2008.

An amount of  ₹50.00 lakh is set apart for carrying out immediate works, repair of machinery and such other requirements in the context of a natural calamity. The component wise breakup of the scheme is shown above: