In an attempt to boost to horticultural activities, the Haryana state government has increased its budget for the sector for the 2019-20 fiscal year to Rs 5.23 billion, more than double of Rs 2.10 billion in 2014-15.
The area under horticulture has doubled in 13 years in Haryana while the production of fruits has gone up by three times in the same period. The production of vegetables too has more than doubled in the same period in the state.
Haryana Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Om Prakash Dhankar told The Indian Express that they were working on multiple strategies to increase the production of fruits and vegetables with introduction of more excellence centres in horticulture sector and Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana (BBY) scheme for vegetables.
In 2004-05, the area under horticulture was just 4.04 per cent of the total geographical area of the state. It increased to 8.17 per cent in 2017-18. The production of fruits was 793,000 tonnes in 2017, a major jump from 232,000 tonnes in 2004-05.