Minister reviews horticulture integrated development project
The State’s Agriculture Minister Subodh Uniyal directed officials concerned to prepare detailed project report for mitigating migration, generating employment and doubling income of farmers. The minister said this while chairing a meeting to review the Uttarakhand horticulture integrated development project (UHIDP) here on Friday.
Four districts-Uttarkashi, Tehri, Nainital and Pithoragarh will be included in this project. There is Rs 700 crore provision in this World Bank assisted project. In the first stage, DPR for works amounting to Rs 350 crore will be prepared.
The aim is to develop infrastructure for horticulture, facilitate training, focusing on quality and value addition to build a brand. Special focus will be laid on quality control regarding the produce. Processing facility will be provided under this project so that value addition can be facilitated at the same place after production. It was stated in the meeting that considering the scope for mushroom and tea cultivation along with silk production, special focus should be laid on these aspects.
Drip irrigation should also be focused upon. The minister directed that possibilities for horticultural areas and allied activities should be identified and capitalised upon in all the districts. Wholesale floriculture outlets should be established at Bhatwadi and Badkot on the Char Dham circuit.
Saturday, 02 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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