Area under horticulture crop cultivation increases

By TheHindu on 13 Nov 2016

Liberal subsidies and incentives from different Union and State government schemes have substantially increased the area under horticulture crop every year.

Deputy Director of the Horticulture Department D. Manjunath told The Hindu in Kalaburagi city here recently that the area under horticulture crop has gone up from 21,900 hectares last year to 23,461 hectares this year.

This year, the farmers have taken up cultivation of vegetables in 11,517 hectares, fruits in 7,556 hectares and spices in 2,990 hectares and floriculture in 946 hectares and medicinal plants in 21 hectares of land in the district this year.

Of the 23,461 hectares of land under horticulture cultivation this year, 198 hectares of land in 32 villages in the district has been covered under the Comprehensive Horticulture Development Programme, providing assistance for the cultivation of watermelon, papaya, onion, lemon, sugandha raj flower and mango.

Mr. Manjunath said that to give a fillip to horticulture cultivation in the district, the government has extended the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticultue to the district.

This provides 50 per cent subsidy to farmers who have taken up horticulture cultivation.

Under this, farmers cultivating mango will get assistance from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 24,000 for planting 100 to 1600 seedlings per hectare; Rs. 25,680 to Rs. 30,000 for planting 625 to 3,000 seedlings of grapes per hectare and it will be Rs. 11,500 to Rs. 17,000 for planting 400 to 660 pomegranate seedlings a hectare.

For cultivating lemons and oranges, the assistance ranged from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 19,000 for planting 270 to 1,100 seedlings; for bananas and papayas the assistance will range from Rs. 30,600 to Rs. 40,000 for planting 3,000 to 4,400 seedlings per hectare, Mr. Manjunath said .

Besides this, the government was giving 90 per cent subsidy on drip irrigation for small and marginal farmers and 50 per cent subsidy for big farmers.

It went up from 21,900 hectares last year to 23,461 hectares this year

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