SHILLONG, July11: The Centre recently released Rs 493.13 crore under the horticulture mission for the northeast and Himalayan States for 2011-12. The mission aims at increasing fruit production, processing, research and marketing. The per capita availability of fruits and vegetables has increased to about 169 gms/person/day and 332 gms/person/day respectively in the country.
“The horticulture mission for the northeast and Himalayan states was launched during the year 2001-02 to achieve overall development of horticulture in 8 states to harness the potential that exists in the NE region,” an official statement issued here said.
According to the release, the Centre also launched the National Horticulture Mission (NHM) during the year 2005-06 to provide holistic growth to the horticulture sector through an area-based, regionally-differentiated strategy, supply of quality planting material, production and productivity improvement, technology promotion, extension, post harvest management and marketing.
On the other hand, the NE states would be getting Rs 100 crore this year from the Union agriculture ministry for supporting various activities relating to rice cultivation under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM). “All eight northeastern states, including Sikkim, are being covered under NFSM-rice this year. Till last year, only Assam was covered under NFSM-rice,” a release read. (TNN)