The Assam government is planning to undertake a slew of initiatives for the promotion of horticulture in the state during the current year.

The Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing would set up a model horticultural orchard with state of art automated nursery unit here with a targeted production of 20 lakh elite planting materials per year, official sources said here today.

A Centre of Excellence (CoE), under Horticulture Mission for North East and Himalayan States (HMNEH), is also on the anvil with focus on commercial cultivation of flowers like orchids, anthurium, gerbera and off-season vegetables like tomato, cucumber and capsicum.

It would also include training facilities for farmers on new technology in collaboration with Horticulture Research Station, Assam Agricultural University, Kahikuchi, sources added.

The Centre will be utilised for capacity building of farmers through demonstration of high-tech horticulture facilities, sources added.

Introduction of new fruit crops like strawberry, passion fruit and seedless water melon have also been initiated in selected districts for horticultural crop diversification and nutrition farming in an area of 400 ha of land.

(This article was published on March 9, 2013)
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