LUDHIANA farmers get Rs.8 crore subsidy under national horticulture mission during 2012-13

Author(s): City Air NewsRahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana. Ludhiana, June 11, 2013: The district Ludhiana Horticulture department has achieved 100 percent target by increasing the area under cultivation of fruits, vegetables,...

LUDHIANA farmers get Rs.8 crore subsidy under national horticulture mission during 2012-13
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Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, June 11, 2013: The district Ludhiana Horticulture department has achieved 100 percent target by increasing the area under cultivation of fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices and fragrance plants during year 2012-13 thereby ensuring more income for the farming community besides giving a big boost to agri-diversification efforts.

Disclosing this here today, Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana said that besides meeting the targets of various state level and centrally sponsored schemes, subsidy to the tune of Rs.8 crore has also been disbursed to the concerned farmers. He said that the department has set different targets for plantation, cutting and cropping of orchids, irrigation besides bringing more area under cultivation of vegetables and it was a matter of pride that all the targets have been successfully met with.

The Deputy Commissioner informed that National Horticulture Mission 2005-06 had been implemented in 18 states including Punjab. Under this scheme the farmers were being given funds for new orchids, vegetable farming, mushroom farming, bee keeping and setting up of poly houses besides for purchasing different equipments required for horticulture purpose. He said that under this scheme the government pays 100% expenditure on out of state training for farmers and last year Rs.80,000 were spent on study tour of 20 farmers, who had visited Greater Noida and Jaipur for poly house training. The purpose of such study tours was to impart quality training to the farmers so that they could achieve the targets of high yield and top quality agri-products by spending less thereby increasing their income on one side and saving the precious ground water of the state on the other.

The Deputy Commissioner further said that a Rs.300 crore National Agriculture Development Scheme was launched on 25 states including Punjab during year 2011-12. He said that under this scheme districts having more than 10 lac population were being selected and in case of there was no district having required population then the capital of the concerned state got this opportunity. He said that in Punjab two districts namely Ludhiana and Amritsar have more than 10 lac populations but under this scheme the district Ludhiana was selected and provided funds to the tune of Rs.12 crore. He said that under this scheme besides Ludhiana the other districts namely Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur and Jalandhar have been included as co-districts. He said that the main purpose of this scheme was to ensure availability of high quality vegetables that too on viable rates throughout the year. He said that before implementing this scheme a group including 15-20 farmers having minimum 50 acres of land was being formed and every farmer was being provided 75% subsidy i.e., Rs.30,000 per acre for cultivation of open poly netted vegetables.

 

Date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013