Srinagar: Principal Secretary, Horticulture, Agriculture Production and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Navin Kumar Choudhary, Wednesday while chairing State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) meeting of Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) approved an annual action plan worth Rs. 75.73 crore for the financial year 2021-22 for Jammu and Kashmir.
He emphasised upon the officers to ensure that all the earmarked funds are judiciously utilised to the fullest in a time bound manner.
Pertinently, the mission is a centrally sponsored scheme for overall development of horticulture funded by Government of India in the ratio of 90:10. Its objective is to encourage aggregation of farmers into FPO/FIG's, enhance productivity and skill development besides creation of employment opportunities. This mission included components like establishment of new gardens, organic farming, creation of water resources, import of plant material, centre of excellence for Horticulture, post-harvest management, HR management, food processing etc.
SLEC also accorded approval to several project based activities like establishment of CA store units, Food Processing Units of private entrepreneurs under MIDH.
Navin Choudhary asked the Mission Director, MIDH to get certification of the cost of these projects, wherever required from the concerned government organisation.
Chairman SLEC asked the Director Agriculture Kashmir for making irrigation infrastructure established for Saffron areas functional for which funds have been earmarked. He also directed SKUAST-Jammu to expedite establishment of Centre of Excellence at Udheywalla, Jammu.
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