Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) program is the outcome of the recommendations of the Task Force constituted by Government of India in pursuance of the decisions taken in the meeting of the Committee of Secretaries held on 29th November, 2009 to make short and medium term recommendations for efficient management of water, power and other inputs as well as subsidy to maximize agricultural production on a sustainable basis.
Accordingly, "Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI)" program was initiated in 2010-11 to address the constraints limiting the productivity of "rice based cropping systems" in Eastern India comprising of seven (7) States namely, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The goal of the BGREI program is to harness the water potential for enhancing rice production in Eastern India which was hitherto underutilized.
During 2010-11, the major focus of the states was on promotion of improved crop production technologies of major crops, water harvesting measures and their utilization for overall agriculture development. In the subsequent years 2011-12 and 2012-13, the program provided a more focused approach on medium and long term strategies for asset building activities of water conservation and utilization along with short-term strategies pertaining to transfer of technology of major cereals.
Accordingly, BGREI comprised of three broad categories of interventions:
I. Block demonstrations;
II. Asset building activities such as construction of shallow tube wells / bore wells / dug wells, pump sets, seed drills, etc.; and
III. Site specific activities for facilitating petty works such as construction/renovation of irrigation channels/electricity for agricultural purposes in a cluster approach for convenience and cost effectiveness.
Under BGREI program of National Food Security Mission (NSFM), adoption of new seed varieties, farm machines & implements, nutrients, pesticides and knowledge based interventions are being promoted SSCOP.
The objectives are:
To increase production & productivity of rice by adopting latest crop production technologies;
To promote cultivation in rice fallow area to increase cropping intensity and income of the farmers;
To create water harvesting structures and efficient utilization of water potential
To promote post harvest technology and marketing support.