What benefits are available to farmers under the National Food Security Mission?
1. Financial assistance for purchase of seeds
2. Financial assistance for machines and farm equipments
3. Financial assistance for micronutrients in rice crops
Select the correct option from the codes given below:

Answer: [D] 1, 2 & 3

National Food Security Mission was launched in 2007-08 to increase the production of rice, wheat and pulses by 10, 8 and 2 million tonnes  respectively by the end of Eleventh Plan through area expansion and productivity enhancement; restoring soil fertility and productivity,  creating employment opportunities, and enhancing farm level economy.

The basic strategy of the Mission is to promote and extend improved technologies, i.e., seed, micro-nutrients, soil amendments, integrated  pest management, farm machinery and resource conservation technologies along with capacity building of farmers.

The major interventions/activities covered under NFSM include cluster demonstrations of rice, wheat and pulses, distribution of improved  varieties/hybrid seeds, need based plant and soil management, resource conservation techniques/energy management, efficient  water/application tools, cropping system based training and local initiatives, award for best performing districts, etc.

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