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Vegetable production to get boost

The Haryana government is implementing an initiative for urban clusters in 12 districts, including Gurgaon, to increase vegetable production, with focus on marketing through farmers' groups.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2011 01:07 IST

The Haryana government is implementing an initiative for urban clusters in 12 districts, including Gurgaon, to increase vegetable production, with focus on marketing through farmers' groups.

The government has allocated over Rs12.19 crore to implement the vegetable initiative for urban clusters under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna during 2011-12.

The initiative would set in motion a virtuous cycle of production and income for farmers and assured supply to consumers, a spokesperson of the state horticulture department said here on Tuesday.

Apart from Gurgaon, the other districts to be covered under the first phase of the scheme are Mewat, Rewari, Palwal, Faridabad, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Panipat, Rohtak, Karnal and Kurukshetra, he said.

He said that the main activities to be taken up under this scheme were formation of farmers' groups, providing assistance for growing vegetables of hybrid and open pollinated crops in open as well as under poly houses and assistance for all inputs through farmers' groups.

A total of 250 farmer groups will be formed. Each group will have 15-20 members.

Two vegetable seedling production centres — at Rohtak and Gurgaon — were being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs2.08 crore to supply good quality and disease-free hybrid seedlings to farmers with 50% assistance, he said.