Suitable for the hilly regions, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has released 50 improved, hybrid and pest resistant varieties of vegetables. The production costs of these varieties are comparatively lower than the conventional ones. Further, they give better yield to the farmers and increase their incomes.
The vegetables are ranging from tomato, ladies finger, french beans, chillies, brinjal, amaranthus, palak, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower to cucumber among others.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India under the scheme Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture provides financial assistance for adopting modernised methods of production of vegetables. The various components of the scheme are production and distribution of improved varieties of seeds, area expansion under hybrid varieties, protected cultivation, promotion of micro irrigation and fertigation, integrated nutrient, pest and disease management, organic farming and horticulture mechanisation .
This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today.