Tuesday, March 1, 2011

[socialactionfoundationforequity:13502 India to launch vegetable initiative

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India to launch vegetable initiative

It is aimed at meeting the demand of vegetables in all state capitals
and urban centres with population greater than 10 lakh
Published on 03/01/2011
By Suresh K Tiwary
New Delhi: The Government of India is planning to launch a Vegetable
Initiative to meet the demand of vegetables in all State capitals and
urban centres with population greater than 10 lakh.

Under this initiative, States will be assisted in addressing the
entire value chain, right from the stage of pre-production to the
consumers table through appropriate measures, Minister of State for
Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Arun Yadav said in written
reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

State Governments have also been advised to leverage the components of
existing schemes under Horticulture Mission for North East and
Himalayan States (HMNEH) and National Horticulture Mission (NHM) to
ensure steady supply of quality vegetables to urban areas.

Under the existing schemes of HMNEH, NHM and scheme on "Capital
Investment Subsidy for construction, modernisation, and expansion of
cold storage and storage for Horticulture Produce" of National
Horticulture Board (NHB), financial assistance is available for
setting up of post-harvest management infrastructure for various
horticulture crops.

The cold storage component of NHM scheme is being implemented through
State Horticulture Missions and the component of cold storage under
HMNEH scheme is implemented through NHB.

Setting up of cold storage is entrepreneur driven activity and
entrepreneur submits the proposal to state government which forwards
the same to Government of India for approval.

Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. - Mohandas Gandhi

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