Chandigarh/ March 13- In a bid to promote horticulture and doubling farmer income in Haryana, 15 projects proposals including mushroom cultivation, banana ripening chamber, cold storages, Hi-Tech Nursery, Integrated Post Harvest Management, etc were approved in the 33rd meeting of State-Level Executive Committee of Haryana State Horticulture Development Agency, held here today.
The projects have been approved with the subsidy of Rs. 5374.12 lakh under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) including a prestigious project namely “India International Horticulture Market, Ganaur, Sonipat”.
The meeting was chaired by the Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, and Farmers’ Welfare Department Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal. During the meeting, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal reviewed the component-wise progress with the utilization of funds and appreciated the efforts of officers of State Horticulture Mission, Haryana for achieving almost 100 percent utilization.
In the meeting, Mission Director, State Horticulture Mission, Dr. B. S. Sehrawat presented detailed agenda notes to the House, wherein, officers of allied departments and nominated members also participated. Dr. Sehrawat informed that during 2019-20, the Government of India had approved an outlay of Rs. 15616.65 lakh for Haryana State. It was informed that accordingly, the targets were distributed to the District Horticulture Mission Implementation units. The budget for an amount of Rs. 11390.49 lakh was available. The total budget utilized is Rs. 11341.41 lakhs which is 99.57 percent achievement.
Earlier, Dr. B.S. Sehrawat, Mission Director also informed that till now under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), a total of 19,983 farmers have availed the benefit under the MIDH scheme. During the meeting, the chairman desired that wide publicity of various programs run by the Government under Horticulture Mission should also be made through various newspapers and other means to make the farmers and stakeholders more aware of subsidy programs of Government for next year also.