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India: Vegetable cluster project to increase production, supply

The National Horticulture Mission (NHM), Pune, will soon commence its ambitious project of developing vegetable clusters in Mumbai. The project will ensure vegetables at affordable prices to Mumbai citizens.

The NHM has identified four districts, Thane, Raigad, Pune and Nashik, as potential areas where vegetables could be grown, collected and later supplied to Mumbai. The NHM, which has received a grant of Rs 17 crore from the Union government to execute this project, is hoping to enhance vegetable supply to Mumbai by at least 10 per cent through this project.

In a bid to set in motion a cycle of production and income for farmers and assured supply to consumers, the Union government had allocated Rs 300 crore in its 2010-11 budget to set up vegetable clusters in urban centres across the country. The project, called the Vegetable Initiative for Urban Clusters, was launched under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.


Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Publication date: 6/23/2011


 


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