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          Indian horticulture sector contributes about 38% to the agriculture Gross Value Added (GVA) making very significant contribution to the Indian economy. Apart from ensuring nutritional security of the nation, it provides alternate rural employment opportunities, diversification in farm activities, and enhanced income to farmers. India is currently producing about 283.5 million tones of horticulture produce which has surpassed the food grain production, that too from much less area (24.2 M Ha. for horticulture against 125 M. ha. for food grains). Productivity of horticulture crops is much higher compared to productivity of food grains (11.96 tones/ha against 2 tones/ha.). India has emerged as world leader in the production of a variety of fruits like mango and banana and is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables. Besides, India has maintained its dominance in the production of spices, coconut and cashewnut. Among the new crops, kiwi, gherkins, kinnow, date palm and oil palm have been successfully introduced for commercial cultivation in the country. Launch of National Horticulture Mission has spurred the production and productivity of horticultural crops. Productivity of horticultural crops has increased by about 32% between 2004-05 and 2015-16. Increase in demand for horticultural produce due to greater health awareness, rising income, export demands and increasing population poses the challenge for further increasing the production and productivity of horticultural crops. The issue of climate change has thrown up greater uncertainties and risks, further imposing constraints on production systems.

           Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), a Centrally Sponsored Scheme is being implemented during XII Plan w.e.f. 2014-15, for holistic growth of the horticulture sector covering fruits, vegetables, root and tuber crops, mushrooms, spices, flowers, aromatic plants, coconut, cashew, cocoa and bamboo. Mission subsumes National Horticulture Mission (NHM), Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan States (HMNEH), National Agro Forestry Bamboo Mission (NABM), National Horticulture Board (NHB), Coconut Development Board (CDB) and Central Institute for Horticulture (CIH), Nagaland. All States and UTs are covered under MIDH.
          The Mission envisages production and productivity improvement of horticulture crops including fruits and vegetables through various interventions. Activities such as production of planting material, vegetable seed production, coverage of area with improved cultivars, rejuvenation of senile orchards, protected cultivation, creation of water resources, adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), organic farming, including insitu generation of organic inputs are taken up for development of fruits and vegetables. Capacity buildings of farmers and technitions are also provided for adopting improved technologies. Scheme also envisages creation of infrastructure for Post-Harvest Management (PHM) and marketing for better price realization of produce.

Shri Sanjay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner (Hort.) & CPIO
Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India
Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare
Room No. 332-A, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi-110001
Tel : +91-11-23382480
e-mail : sanjay[dot]kr71[at]gov[dot]in
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MIDH Shri Sanjay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner (Hort.) Joint Secretary (MIDH)
CDB Shri Sardar Singh Choyal, Deputy Director(CDB) Chairmain, CDB
CIH Dr. Lallan Ram Horticulture Commissioner(HC)
DASD Shri. Babulal Meena, Assistant Director Dr Homey Cheriyan, Director
DCCD Shri. P. A. Parameswaran, Administrative Officer Dr.Venkatesh N.Hubballi, Director
NCCD Shri Pawanexh Kohli, Chief Advisor & CEO, NCCD Deputy Secretary (Hort.)
NHB Shri R. S. Bhati, Joint Dir(NHB) Joint Secretary (MIDH)