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MIDH : A centrally sponsored scheme of MIDH has been launched for the holistic development of horticulture in the country during XII plan. The scheme, which has taken take off from 2014-15, integrates the ongoing schemes of National Horticulture Mission, Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan States, National Bamboo Mission, National Horticulture Board, Coconut Development Board and Central Institute for Horticulture, Nagaland.

National Horticulture Mission (NHM) is being implemented in the State to promote holistic growth of the horticulture sector covering fruits, vegetables, root & tuber crops, mushroom, spices, flowers, aromatic plants.. This is a Centrally sponsored scheme in which Government of India provided 100% assistance to the State Missions during Tenth Plan. During the XI Plan, the Government of India assistance is 85% with 15% contribution by the State Governments.

Main objectives of the Mission are:

  • To provide holistic growth of the horticulture sector through an area based regionally differentiated strategies which include research, technology promotion, extension, post harvest management,  processing and marketing, in consonance with comparative advantage of each State/region and its diverse agro-climatic feature;
  • To enhance horticulture production, improve nutritional security and income support to farm households;
  • To establish convergence and synergy among multiple on-going and planned programmes for horticulture development;
  • To promote, develop and disseminate technologies, through a seamless blend of traditional wisdom and modern scientific knowledge;
  • To create opportunities for employment generation for skilled and unskilled persons, especially unemployed youth.


To achieve the above objectives, the mission would adopt the following strategies:

  • Ensure an end-to-end holistic approach covering production, post harvest management, processing and marketing to assure appropriate returns to growers/producers;
  • Promote R&D technologies for production, post-harvest management and processing;
  • Enhance acreage, coverage, and productivity through:
    (a) Diversification, from traditional crops to plantations, orchards, vineyards, flower and vegetable gardens;
    (b) Extension of appropriate technology to the farmers for high-tech horticulture cultivation and precision farming.
  • Assist setting up post harvest facilities such as pack house, ripening chamber, cold storages, Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storages etc, processing units for value addition and marketing infrastructure;
  • Adopt a coordinated approach and promotion of partnership, convergence and synergy among R&D, processing and marketing agencies in public as well as private sectors, at the National, Regional, State and sub-State levels;
  • Where appropriate and feasible, promote National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) model of cooperatives to ensure support and adequate returns to farmers;
  • Promote capacity-building and Human Resource Development at all levels.

Proceedure to avail Financial Assistance under NHM Schemes

To avail the assistance under NHM schemes the application is required to be submitted to Director Horticulture, Punjab along with the details on the project. The details on the activities and eligible subsidy may be seen at Annexure ‘C’.


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