Under the National Horticulture Mission, the government is distributing subsidies to farmers in order to encourage them towards mixed farming and to let them learn to make extra profit.
Deputy commissioner KS Sangha said the district horticulture department has given the subsidy worth Rs 11 crore 77 lakh during the past five years to encourage them to take up mixed farming. He said apart from this, a further subsidy of Rs 5 lakh has also been given to the farmers to plant gardens in 186 hectares area.
Sangha said 40 greenhouses have been established in the district in which the farmers have grown tomato, cucumber (seedless) and capsicum. He said the vegetables produced in the greenhouse were of very high quality, thereby getting farmers a profitable price.
Sangha further disclosed that the horticulture department has given subsidy worth Rs 6 crore 55 lakh for the construction of eight cold stores and the rest amount is being distributed to farmers for out of the routine farming, including wormi compost, power spray pump and to buy bee-keeping boxes.
Assistant director (horticulture) Dr Hardayal Singh Sandhu, said, "The horticulture department also provides technical know-how to the farmers about the crops concerning horticulture, besides giving flowery plants to the farmers from government owned nurseries and plantations at Bassi Pathana."
"The department also empowers self-help groups of unemployed women and students at community canning centre by giving them training in manufacturing pickles, chuttney, jellies and other products related to horticulture, which enhances their avenues of employment," he added.