Punjab’s horticulture department will provide financial aid worth Rs 75 crore to farmers’ of the state under National Horticulture Mission program. Punjab’s Horticulture department Director, Lajwinder Singh Brar said that a grant of Rs 75 crore provided to state under National Horticulture Mission for the year 2013-14 will be spent on providing financial assistance to farmers, entrepreneurs, nursery owners as well as interested aspirants of other horticulture related fields as per guidelines of NHM.
Brar said that state horticulture department is taking concrete steps to create horticulture friendly atmosphere in the state to bring the state out of the rotten vicious cycle of wheat and paddy.
“Horticulture farming is not just environment friendly but also very useful in saving ground water and seminars, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, Kisan Mela’s, horticulture shows, honey festivals will be hosted by the department at state, district and block level for the promotion of horticulture farming,” Brar said.
Further, the department will utilise these fund for production of seeds, distribution of vegetables, improve seed infrastructure for handling, processing, packing, storage etc, setting up nurseries, setting up new TC units, establishment of new gardens and expansion of area under fruits, mushrooms, flowers, spices, aromatic plants.
Dr. Brar said that financial assistance under protected cultivation would also be given for Green Houses, Plastic Mulching, Shade Net House, Plastic Tunnels, Anti Bird/Anti Hall Nets and Poly Houses.
Further, the financial assistance would also be given for promotion of Integrated Nutrient Management (INM)/ Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and organic farming, Pollination support through beekeeping, Horticulture Mechanization, Establishment of Marketing Infrastructure for Horticultural Produce.