CCEA approves new interventions in horticulture mission

January 21st, 2010 - 4:13 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 21(ANI): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) o n Thursday approved new interventions in the Centrally sponsored Scheme on National Horticulture Mission.

The Horticulture Mission was launched during the X Five Year Plan from 2005-06.

Based on feed back received during implementation of the scheme, new interventions such as High Density Plantations (HDP), Horticulture Mechanization and certification of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) have been included.

Besides, the cost norms of some of the activities like setting up of nurseries, area expansion, rejuvenation programmes and protected cultivation have been revisited and revised to provide better incentives to the farmers for adopting improved technologies and cultivars.

The cost norms and pattern of assistance for post harvest management (PHM) have been enhanced to encourage private sector participation in building PHM infrastructure.

An outlay of Rs.10363.46 crore, with Centre’s share of Rs.8809 crore (85 percent) has been proposed for implementing the Scheme during the XIth Five Year Plan.

The focus of the Mission in its revised form will be on creating forward linkages in terms of post harvest management and marketing infrastructure both in public and private sectors involving pack houses and on farm collection centers, cold storage units, Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storages etc. (ANI)

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