Development of Fruits,Flowers ad Medicinal plants
H/A: 2401-00-119-79Rs. 3125.00 lakh
For the development of fruits, flowers and medicinal plants, an amount of Rs.3125.00 lakh is set apart during 2020-21. It is envisaged that 25 percent of beneficiaries of the project will be women.
A comprehensive scheme for fruit development will be implemented in the state with the objective of popularizing cultivation of fruit crops. Production and supply of planting material, area expansion programmes, management, harvesting, cold storage,processing, value addition and marketing, supply chain development and all programmes for holistic fruit promotion and enhancement of farmers income will be supported through this scheme. Thrust will be given for promotion of exotic fruits like litchi, rambutan, avocado, mangosteen etc in addition to indigenous fruits. Homestead and commercial cultivation of fruits will be promoted. The project will be implemented by the Department of Agricultural Development and Farmers welfare with the support of Kerala Agricultural University, VFPCK and Horticorp.
The fruit development programme will be phased out for a period of 10 years. During 2020-21 an amount of Rs. 2900.00 lakh is earmarked for fruit development in the state for progeny orchards, propagation, and production enhancement through area expansion, irrigation support, hardening units, popularizing fruit plants for homesteads as well as commercial cultivation, training and documentation giving thrust to exotic fruits.
Development of Indigenous fruits likebanana, pineapple etc are also included in the programme. The facilities available withthe Departmental Farms /nurseries shall also be utilized for development of orchards.The implementation shall be based on the Detailed Project Report for comprehensivedevelopment of fruits submitted by the Department of Agricultural Development andFarmers welfare. VFPCK, KAU, KVKs, PACS, FPOs shall be integrated into theprogramme specifying the roles and targets. No separate manpower and vehicle willbe provided under the programme.
An amount of Rs. 500.00 lakh is set apart for coldchain development in banana and other tropical fruits. An amount of Rs. 2.00 lakh isset apart for DPR preparation by an approved agency. The implementation of theproject will commence in the coming planting season. The project will be implemented in all districts by the department of Agriculturein coordination with VFPCK, FPOs and good working PACS. Fruit village inWayanad and Muthalamada in Palakkad district will form part of this programme. TheMIDH and PMKSY schemes (CSS) will be integrated with the fruit development programme to provide maximum assistance to the farmers to take up cultivation of exotic fruits.Registration of beneficiary farmers and geotagging of demonstration plots shallbe ensured. Markets for selling the produce shall be identified in advance to assure reasonable price to farmers.
Value addition and establishment of supply chain will alsobe promoted.An amount of Rs. 500.00 Iakh each is allocated for fruit development in Idukkiand Wayanad districts giving thrust to development of exotic fruits.Assistance will be provided for the establishment of floriculture units,establishment of new floriculture nurseries including tissue culture units, establishmentof grading, packing centres and market intelligence support. Flori villages will be established and suitable markets identified for marketing of flowers. Flowering plantswill be selected based on the site suitability and marketing potential. An amount ofRs.100.00 lakh is earmarked for this programme.
The funds from RKVY and SHMwill be integrated with the project.Project for Centre of Excellence at Wayanad for Horticulture and Floriculture has been sanctioned vide G.O (MS) No 34/2019/ PLGEA dated 12.12.2019 underRebuild Kerala Initiative. The amount sanctioned under RKI shall be utilized fordevelopment of flowers in Wayanad.The project for promotion of medicinal plants is proposed to be implemented inthe state. An amount of Rs.50.00 lakh is earmarked for area expansion throughclusters, setting up of collection centres, Plant Health Management units and for transportation and marketing facilities. The scheme will be implemented in selected districts through the Department of Agriculture and arrangements for market tie upwill be made with Ayurvedic pharmaceuticals in the government/private sector. The scheme implemented with the support of Medicinal Plants Board will be integrated with the project.A new component for procurement trading and processing of jackfruit through VFPCK is included for which an amount of Rs. 75.00lakh is set apart. Out of this an amount of Rs. 25.00 Iakh each is allocated to Idukki and Wayanad districts for procurement, trading and processing of jackfruit. The breakup of the scheme is shown above: