Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Monday, Aug 25, 2003

Port Info

Group Sites

Agri-Biz & Commodities - Floriculture

ICAR awaits Govt aid to open more farm centres

Deeptha Rajkumar

Wellington (Nilgiris) , Aug. 24

THE Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) is in the process of establishing Krishi Vikas Kendras in all the 575 districts in the country, according to the Assistant Director General (Agri-Ext), ICAR, Dr B.S. Hansra.

Delivering the key note address at the inaugural of a two day seminar on `Opportunities for floriculture business in the Nilgiris', Dr Hansra said so far ICAR has established 344 KVKs in the country and the remaining should be covered by the end of the Tenth Plan.

``We have sought Rs 500 crore from the Government for establishing the new kendras. Once it comes through, we should commence sanctioning the kendras from January 2004,'' he said.

The seminar was organised by the UPASI-KVK, in collaboration with the National Horticulture Board (NHB), Apeda, HADP and other banks.

Speaking on the occasion, the State Director of Horticulture and Plantation crops, Mr K. Dhanavel, said under the proposed agri-export zone concept for floriculture in the Nilgiris, 20 hectares of land over the next five years would be bought under cultivation of cut flowers.

He said as part of the proposal they were also looking to set up model floriculture units in Udhagamandalam and Coonoor at the cost of Rs 140 lakhs. Post Harvest centres were also being planned at Coimbatore, Udhagamandalam and Coonoor.

The agri-export zone is a Rs 15.89 crore project of which the State Government's share is Rs 2 crore while Central Government agencies would contribute Rs 5.23 crore, private sector Rs 8.66 crore.

During the year, Mr Dhanavel said the Government had set aside Rs 29.49 crore for horticulture development.

Article E-Mail :: Comment :: Syndication

Stories in this Section
Andhra Bank to focus on agri lending portfolio

ICAR awaits Govt aid to open more farm centres
Rubber may remain range-bound
Dusts in demand at Kochi auction
Tea traders seek SEZ status for Coimbatore
Cotton futures may head higher
Monsoon places mulberry sericulture on recovery path
Kharif oilseeds acreage to rise
Centre withholds crop cover claims — Orders verification to end discrepancies

The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |

Copyright 2003, The Hindu Business Line. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu Business Line