Government will give barren state parks on lease, proposal will come in upcoming cabinet meet

Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Subodh Uniyal reviewed the plans in the meeting of the officers in the assembly. He directed the officers that the rules of the Nursery Act should be prepared

Government will give barren state parks on lease, proposal will come in upcoming cabinet meet

The state government will give the barren state park (gardens) on lease for the short and long term. This proposal will be placed in the next cabinet. The government has divided 93 gardens into three categories. In which herbs of A category orchards will be given to the Tea Development Board. While B category gardens will be leased for the short term and C category gardens for the long term. Gardener Training Center will be set up at Gaza in Tehri. Soon the food processing policy of the state will be prepared.

Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Subodh Uniyal reviewed the plans in the meeting of the officers in the assembly. He directed the officers that the rules of the Nursery Act should be prepared soon so that the Act can be implemented in the state. With the implementation of the Nursery Act, farmers will get quality seedlings. Fines and punishment will be taken against nursery operators who give substandard seedlings.

The gardener training center will be set up in Tehri district’s Gaza. For this, a proposal of Rs 382.75 lakh has been sent to the government in the current financial year. In this center, gardener training will be given to the less educated of six Nyaya Panchayats and nine development blocks of Tehri district. For horticulture growers, the district officials were directed for construction of the cold room and cold house in IMA Village except for Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar and instructions were given to send a proposal after selecting the pre-established infrastructure facility.

Instructions were given to submit the proposal in respect of Madhugram. Under Madhugram, one Nyaya Panchayat of each district will be selected from the selected villages under the Integrated Model Village Scheme and 500 beneficiaries will be given 80 percent subsidy for the Maun Griha and Maunvansh in the form of Nyaya Panchayat Cluster. Under this scheme, 6500 cultivators and maun-palaks of 13 districts will be benefitted. In this context, the Additional Chief Secretary was directed to make a fresh demand proposal while estimating the annual expenditure.

The Agriculture Minister said that the Central Government has given a target of setting up 1591 processing units in the state in the next five years under the Prime Minister's Micro Food Upgradation Scheme. Food processing policy will soon be formulated in the state to attract investors. So that the processing industry can be set up in hilly areas. It was decided in the meeting that maximum people would be benefited through the group under the Chief Minister Mushroom Development Scheme. In which 20 thousand farmers will be linked with mushroom production. In the absence of a budget for this scheme, instructions were given to make arrangements for the budget in the supplementary budget. Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Panwar, Additional Secretary Ram Vilas Yadav, Director Horticulture Harvinder Singh Baweja, Director Silk Department Arvind Yadav and other departmental officers were present in the meeting.

The subsidy will increase in micro-irrigation scheme

Government subsidy will be increased by 25 percent to benefit the small farmers of the state with the facility of micro-irrigation. Earlier, the government had sent a proposal to NABARD for gap funding in the scheme. But it was not discussed. Now the government will decide on increasing the subsidy by meeting soon.

Instructions for conducting tests of food processing units

The Agriculture Minister said that the Centrally Funded Food Processing Scheme was launched in the year 2015. In which many processing industries applied. But later the Center has discontinued the scheme. The industries engaged under this scheme could not get the benefit. The Chief Secretary has been asked to examine such processing units and bring a proposal to the cabinet.

30 metric ton cold stores to be built in every block

To keep the horticulture produce safe, cold stores with a capacity of 30 metric tonnes will be set up in each block. For this, instructions were given to send proposals from all the districts.