To ensure holistic growth of horticulture, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar on 31 May 2021, virtually launched the Horticulture Cluster Development Programme (CDP).
- It is a central sector programme.
- It will be implemented by the National Horticulture Board (NHB) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoA&FW).
- The CDP aims at growing and developing identified horticulture clusters to make them globally competitive.
- In a pilot phase, the programme will be implemented in 12 horticulture clusters out of the total 53 clusters selected for the programme.
- The programme will benefit about 10 lakh farmers and is expected to attract an investment of Rs. 10,000 crore when implemented in all the 53 clusters.
- It will address all major issues related to the Indian horticulture sector including pre-production, production, post-harvest management, logistics, marketing and branding.
- The programme is expected to converge with other initiatives of the Government such as the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund which is a medium – long term financing facility for investment in projects for post-harvest management infrastructure and community farming assets and will leverage the central sector scheme of the Ministry for Formation and Promotion of 10,000 Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs).
About National Horticulture Board (NHB):
- National Horticulture Board (NHB) was set up by the Government of India in 1984 as an autonomous society under the Societies Registration Act 1860.
- NHB was set up with a mandate to promote integrated development in horticulture, to help in coordinating, stimulating and sustaining the production and processing of fruits and vegetables and to establish a sound infrastructure in the field of production, processing, and marketing with a focus on post-harvest management to reduce losses.
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare is a branch of the Government of India (GoI).
- It is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws related to agriculture in India.
- The three broad areas of scope for the Ministry are agriculture, food processing, and cooperation.
- It was formed in 1947 and is headquartered in New Delhi.
- Currently, the agriculture ministry is headed by Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is Parshottam Rupala.