Horticulture and food processing ensures employment and good days for farmers

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2019 brought a new dawn for the farmers and unemployed youth in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The state government has also initiated avenues for financial assistance giving priority to the farmers and youth in the field of agriculture and horticulture and food processing. Both these areas have become a strong medium of additional income for the farmers and youth. Now the farmers of the state have started to adopt the business of horticulture and food processing along with farming. Unemployed youth is even becoming self-sufficient by venturing into this sector with modern technology.

After the formation of the new government in the state, the major difficulty was to make the farmer prosperous and give employment to the youth. The government has expanded the subsidy of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled tribe farmers from 50 to 70 percent in the vegetable and spice area expansion scheme in horticulture. Because of this, farmers are getting grants up to Rs 70 thousand per hectare. The grant is also being given on the material used for making pavilions of the plastic crate and vine vegetable crops along with seeds. This has resulted in a minimisation of 20 to 25 percent in the loss of crops incurred in transporting horticulture products from the farm to the market. Good quality of crop products has begun to fetch more value in the market.

The government will now give a grant for cultivating up to two hectares at the rate of Rs 7 to 12 thousand per hectare on pavilion building material of vine crops on the demand of the farmers. By this, the time of production of the crop will be increased from 6 to 7 months by planting vine vegetables on the pavilion. Also, due to the very good quality of production, the market rate will also increase by 20 to 25 percent. This way, farmers will be able to get an income of Rs 2 to 3 lakhs per hectare from crops like bitter gourd (karela), bottle gourd (lauki) and sponge gourd (gilki).