12 districts get nod for horticulture cluster development pilot programme | India News

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday launched the horticulture Cluster Development Programme (CDP) in order to promote the export of horticultural produce, identifying 12 out of a total of 53 clusters for implementation in a pilot phase.
The identified clusters for implementation of CDP in the first phase include Shopian (J&K) and Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh) for apple; Lucknow (UP), Kutch (Gujarat) and Mahbubnagar (Telangana) for mango; Anantpur (AP) and Theni (TN) for banana; Nasik (Maharashtra) for grapes; Siphahijala (Tripura) for pineapple; Solapur (Maharashtra) and Chitradurga (Karnataka) for pomegranate and West Jaintia Hills (Meghalaya) for turmeric.
Based on the learnings from the pilot project, the programme will be scaled up to cover all the 53 clusters in the next 5-7 years.
“The CDP will benefit about 10 lakh farmers and related stakeholders of the value chain. With this programme, we aim to improve exports of the targeted crops by approximately 20% and create cluster-specific brands to enhance the competitiveness of cluster crops,” said agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar while virtually launching the programme.
The CDP will be implemented by the National Horticulture Board (NHB) through Cluster Development Agencies (CDAs) which are appointed on the recommendations of the respective state/UT government.
The programme is designed to leverage geographical specialisation and promote integrated and market-led development of horticulture clusters. It will address all major issues related to the horticulture sector including pre-production, production, post-harvest management, logistics, marketing and branding.
“The CDP will not only help in achieving economies of scale but also create cluster-specific brands to entrench them into national and global value chains bringing higher remuneration to the farmers,” said agriculture secretary Sanjay Agarwal.
“The CDP is expected to attract an estimated investment of Rs 10,000 crore when implemented in all the 53 clusters. It has a huge potential to transform the entire horticulture ecosystem, improving its global competitiveness by building last-mile connectivity,” said a statement from the agriculture ministry.

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