Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh called upon the horticulture farmers to use modern techniques and machinery as per international standards to produce horticultural products. He spoke about showcasing imported modern equipment and machinery and promoting their use by providing subsidy for this purpose. He was speaking at a function titled ‘Horti Sangam’ jointly organised by National Horticulture Board and Horticulture Department of Government of Karnataka at Lalbagh in Bengaluru.
Singh said that organisation of such events gives inspiration to horticulture fraternity to work together and facilitates the availability of horticulture produce of various states at single place. Attributing horticultural production of 275 million tonnes during 2014-15 to the efforts of farmers, Singh said that the Government has integrated all horticulture programme into Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) so that farmers and entrepreneurs are benefited. Indian horticulture products such as, mango, lichi, grapes, saffron, have their distinct identity in global market. By exporting horticulture products, farmers have contributed in increasing the country’s foreign exchange, he added.
The minister said that Government is facilitating the use of advanced horticulture techniques through its Horticulture Central Programmes so that farmers can achieve high productivity with quality and efficiency. It is widely believed that its effort to build cold chain storage across the country to avoid wastage of horticulture products could benefit the farmers significantly.
The programme was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Fertilisers and Chemicals, Ananth Kumar. Business groups such as Mother Dairy, Reliance, Walmart, Big Bazaar, Spencer were the participants so that farmers could directly sell their products to them.