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Horticulture Cluster Development Programme

  • IASbaba
  • December 5, 2022
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Agriculture
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Context: The Cluster Development Programme has a great potential to transform the entire horticulture ecosystem by creating last-mile connectivity with the use of multimodal transport for efficient and timely evacuation and transportation of horticulture produce.

Nodal Agency: The National Horticulture Board (NHB)

Aim: To improve exports of targeted crops by about 20% and create cluster-specific brands to enhance the competitiveness of cluster crops.

Objectives:

  • To promote the Agriculture sector in the country and
  • to increase the income of the farmers by giving them a reasonable price for their produce.

Key Features:

  • CDP will support integrated interventions to enhance the competitiveness of targeted clusters.
  • The interventions have been classified into the following three verticals:
  • Pre-production and Production
  • Post-harvest Management and Value Addition
  • Logistics, Marketing and Branding
  • MoA&FW has identified 55 horticulture clusters.
  • The geographical specialization of horticulture clusters will be leveraged.
  • It will promote integrated and market-led development of pre-production, production, post-harvest, logistics, branding, and marketing activities.

Implementation Framework:

  • NHB shall provide financial assistance and supervise the overall implementation of the programme.
  • A government/public sector entity, recommended by state/central government, shall be appointed as a Cluster Development Agency (CDA) for each identified cluster for the implementation of CDP.
  • CDA will establish a Cluster Development Cell (CDC) with a dedicated team of officers within the CDA for smooth implementation of the programme.

Significance:

  • The CDP will benefit around 10 lakh farmers and related stakeholders along the value chain.
  • The interest of the farmers should be paramount in the centre of any programme/scheme.
  • The overall development of horticulture in the country would be focused with the help of the implementation of this Programme.

Source: PIB

 

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