To boost vegetable production in the district, 150 net-houses have been set up in the district. Deputy director horticulture Satbir Singh said that vegetable growers were being given 50% subsidy on setting up of net-houses under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas scheme.
He added that a one-time grant of Rs 50,000 for a net house in one kanal of land was given to farmers for maximum of 4 kanals and the farmers were imparted training to teach them about the latest cultivation techniques. He added that 28,435 hectares owas under vegetable cultivation in the district.
Dr Satbir Singh said that vegetables like seedless cucumber, capsicum, coriander, tomatoes, cauliflower and French beans could be grown in the net-houses.
He added that some of the farmers had successfully grown strawberry also and reaped good profit. He said the department had a subsidy scheme for poly houses also to promote floriculture and vegetable and fruit cultivation.
"Two types of poly-houses can be set up under the government scheme. Subsidy is given for naturally ventilated as well as high-tech poly houses," he said.
Horticulture development officer Dr Naresh Kumar said that the Punjab Farmers Commission was helping farmers set up green houses and market their produce.
The soil conservation department provided subsidy to install drip irrigation system and the department was considering the farmers' demand to set up a tissue culture laboratory in the district for production of good quality seedlings.