Horticulture: Government Taking Steps to Increase Fruits and Vegetables Production
The Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat informed that the Government taking various steps to increase the Country’s production and exports of fruits and vegetables. The steps include,
Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH):
- This is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for holistic growth of the horticulture sector covering all the horticulture crops including fruits and vegetables and is being implemented during XII Plan w.e.f. 2014-15.
- The Mission envisages production and productivity improvement of horticulture crops including fruit and vegetable crops through increased coverage of area with improved cultivars, rejuvenation of senile orchards, protected cultivation, creation of water resources, adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), organic farming, including insitu generation of organic inputs.
- For adopting improved technologies, capacity buildings of farmers and technicians is also provided.
Merchandize Exports from India (MEIS): Recently a new scheme has been launched namely “Merchandize Exports from India (MEIS)” under Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 to boost exports. Wherein the exporters/farmers are incentivized for export of their goods/products including fruits and vegetables to specified markets.