Development of Fruits, Flowers and Medicinal plants

H/A: 2401-00-119-79 Rs. 1892.00 lakh

The objective of fruit development scheme is to expand the area under fruit cultivation in the state including indigenous and exotic fruits like litchi, rambutan, avocado, mangosteen etc. Activities for production and productivity enhancement of fruit crops will be supported. The department will ensure that 25 % of the beneficiaries of the scheme are women.

An amount of ₹ 1892.00 lakh is set apart under the scheme during 2022-23.

The component wise breakup of outlay is given below

             The amount earmarked for fruit development in 2022-23 will be utilized for progeny orchards, propagation, and production enhancement through area expansion, irrigation support, hardening units, popularizing fruit plants for homesteads as well as commercial cultivation giving thrust to exotic fruits. Planting materials of one crore fruit plants in the form of grafts, layer and seedlings will be produced and distributed based on the fruit type and success of establishment. An amount of ₹ 1467.00 lakh is allocated for this. The facilities available with the Departmental Farms/nurseries shall also be utilized for development of orchards. Fruit village in Wayanad and Muthalamada in Palakkad district will form part of this programme. No separate manpower and vehicle will be provided under the programme. The project will be implemented by the Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers Welfare with the support of Kerala Agricultural University, VFPCK, Horticorp and FPO’s.

         The MIDH 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. An amount of ₹ 200.00 lakh is set apart for top up subsidy for fruit plant cultivation under MIDH.

Jack fruit procurement, trading and processing will be promoted through VFPCK for which an amount of ₹ 25.00 lakh is allocated.

           An amount of ₹ 100.00 lakh is earmarked for development of flowers. Under this assistance will be provided for the establishment of floriculture units, establishment of new floriculture nurseries including tissue culture units, establishment of grading, packing centers and market intelligence support. Flori villages will be established and suitable markets identified for marketing of flowers. Flowering plants will be selected based on the site suitability and marketing potential. The funds from RKVY and SHM will be integrated with the project.

         The project for promotion of medicinal plants will be implemented in the state in suitable AEUs. An amount of ₹ 100.00 lakh is earmarked for area expansion of medicinal plants through clusters, setting up of collection centers, 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 up will 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.