To ensure holistic growth of horticulture, Union Minister of Agriculture launched the Horticulture Cluster Development Programme (CDP).
- In a pilot phase, the programme will be implemented in 12 horticulture clusters covering 11 States/UTs.
- It is a central sector programme.
- Implemented by: National Horticulture Board (NHB) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
- Aim: Growing and developing identified horticulture clusters to make them globally competitive.
- The programme will benefit about 10 lakh farmers.
- It is expected to attract an investment of Rs. 10,000 crore when implemented in all the 53 clusters.
- It will address all major issues including pre-production, production, post-harvest management, logistics, marketing and branding.
Important value additions
Horticultural crops include:
- Tree, bush and perennial vine fruits;
- Perennial bush and tree nuts;
- Vegetables (roots, tubers, shoots, stems, leaves, fruits and flowers of edible and mainly annual plants);
- Aromatic and medicinal foliage, seeds and roots (from annual or perennial plants);
- Cut flowers, potted ornamental plants, and bedding plants (involving both annual or perennial plants); and
- Trees, shrubs, turf and ornamental grasses propagated and produced in nurseries for use in landscaping or for establishing fruit orchards or other crop production units.