Chandigarh, Nov 11 (UNI) Two more districts of Haryana -- Jind and Mohindergarh -- have been included among the districts where National Horticulture Mission has been implemented in the State thus raising the number of such districts to 17 during the current financial year.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of Haryana Horticulture Department said that the 15 districts which were under the National Horticulture Mission in the beginning of the programme in Haryana included Ambala, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Faridabad, Mewat, Gurgaon, Hisar, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Bhiwani.
In Kurukshetra district, only mushroom cultivation has been implemented under the Mission.
He said that the Central Government has approved an outlay of Rs.107.57 crore for various components of development of horticulture in Haryana during the current financial year.
He said that National Horticulture Mission was implemented in Haryana from February during the financial year 2005-2006 with a financial outlay of Rs. 10.50 crore and Rs. 34.80 crore were provided during the year 2006-07.
He said that Rs. 59.98 crore have been earmarked for marketing infrastructure and post harvest management with 50 to 100 per cent assistance during the current financial year. A sum of Rs. three crore has been earmarked for organic farming and protected cultivation.
Also Rs. 2.58 crore have been provided for flower cultivation with 33 to 50 per cent assistance.
Similarly, Rs. 2.80 crore have been earmarked to set up new gardens with 75 per cent assistance. He said that Rs. 4.64 crore have been provided for infrastructure development which included setting up of nurseries and tissue culture labs.
A sum of Rs. 5.25 crore have been earmarked for implementation of seed production programme. Also Rs. 3.44 crore have been provided for dissemination of technology. He said that for implementation of innovative projects like spices, medicinal and aromatic plants and mushroom, Rs. 6.53 crore have been earmarked with 50 to 75 per cent assistance.
He said that 3263 hectares of area has been covered under various fruits by providing assistance to the farmers to the tune of 75 per cent and an area of 1637 hectares has been covered under flower cultivation by providing 33 to 50 per cent assistance by the end of last financial year.
He said that 1452 hectares of area has been covered under spices by providing 75 per cent assistance to the farmers in the State under the mission programme upto the end of last financial year.