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Ludhiana horticulture dept attain 100% targets set by state, centre-leel schemes

The Ludhiana district horticulture department claimed to have achieved 100% target by increasing the area under cultivation of fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices and fragrance plants during year 2012-13, which in turn was ensuring more income to the farming community besides giving a big boost to agri-diversification efforts.

punjab Updated: Jun 11, 2013 19:39 IST

The Ludhiana district horticulture department claimed to have achieved 100% target by increasing the area under cultivation of fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices and fragrance plants during year 2012-13, which in turn was ensuring more income to the farming community besides giving a big boost to agri-diversification efforts.

In a press statement, Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari said besides meeting the targets of various state level and centrally-sponsored schemes, subsidy to the tune of Rs 8 crore were also disbursed to the concerned farmers.

He said the department had set different targets for plantation, cutting and cropping of orchids, irrigation, besides bringing more area under cultivation of vegetables. "It was a matter of pride that all the targets have been successfully met with," the DC added.

He informed that National Horticulture Mission 2005-06 was 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 equipment required for horticulture purpose, Tewari said.

"Under the scheme, the government pays 100% expenditure on out of the state training for farmers. Last year, Rs 80,000 was spent on the study tour of 20 farmers, who had visited Greater Noida and Jaipur for poly house training," he added.

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 ground water of the state on the other, he added.

He said under the National Agriculture Development Scheme, districts having more than 10 lakh populations were being selected; and in case, there was no district having the required population, then the capital of the concerned state got this opportunity.

"In Punjab, two districts - Ludhiana and Amritsar - have more than 10-lakh population, but under the scheme the Ludhiana district was selected and provided funds to the tune of Rs.12 crore," the DC further said, adding that the other districts like Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur and Jalandhar were also included as co-districts under the scheme.

Maintaining that the main objective of the scheme is to ensure availability of high quality vegetables on viable rates throughout the year, the DC said before implementation of the scheme a group, including 15-20 farmers having minimum 50 acres, was being formed and every farmer was being provided 75% subsidy ie Rs 30,000 per acre for cultivation of open poly netted vegetables.