Government has been promoting commercial farming of horticulture produce. Under the scheme of “Development of Commercial Horticulture through Production and Post Harvest Management” financial assistance is provided to farmers for hi-tech commercial horticulture production, post-harvest management, primary processing and marketing infrastructure. The financial assistance is provided in the form of credit linked back ended subsidy @20% of the total project cost limited to Rs.25.00 lakh per project in general areas and Rs.30.00 lakh per project in North East Region, Hilly and Scheduled areas.
In order to promote market reforms for facilitating alternative marketing channels such as contract farming, a model Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act has been circulated to all the States and Union Territories for its adoption. The model Act provides amongst other the detailed provision of contract farming. The contract farming provisions are intended to promote marketing of agricultural produce including horticulture produce.
This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
24 April 2012