The Central Govt has allowed five private firms to undertake cluster farming of specific horticulture crops in about 50,000 hectares on a pilot basis entailing an investment of Rs 750 crore, including government subsidy. This move is aimed at making Indian produce globally competitive and boost farmers’ income.
Desai Agrifoods, FIL Industries, Sahyadri Farms, Meghalaya Basin Management Agency, and Prasad Seeds are five companies selected for pilot cluster farming through a bidding process. Centre Govt will give financial assistance up to Rs 100 crore depending on the size of the project under the recently launched central scheme Cluster Development Programme (CDP), which is implemented by the National Horticulture Board with an outlay of Rs 2,200 crore.
The timeline for completion and operationalisation of the project will be four years. The government aims to develop 55 different clusters identified across the nation, each with its specific crop. Initially, the pilot will be in 12 clusters with seven focussed crops.
1- Prem S Vashishtha, Former Director, Agricultural Economics Research Centre
2- K Yatish Rajawat, CEO, Centre for Innovation in Public Policy (CIPP)
3- Alok Sinha, Former Addl Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture
4- Dr. Pranjib Kumar Chakrabarty, Former ADG, Plant Protection and Biosafety, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, ICAR
5- Dr. S.K. Malhotra, Director, Knowledge Management in Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture
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