National Horticulture Mission


National Horticulture Mission was launched in 2005-06 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to promote holistic growth of the horticulture sector through an area based regionally differentiated strategies.

The scheme has been subsumed as a part of Mission for Integration Development of Horticulture (MIDH) during 2014-15.

This is a centrally sponsored scheme.

During the 10th Plan, the Government of India assistance was 85% with 15% contribution by the State Governments.

The main objectives of the Mission are—

[1] To provide holistic growth of the horticulture sector through an area based regionally differentiated strategies which include research, technology promotion, extension, post-harvest management, processing and marketing, in consonance with comparative advantage of each State/region and its diverse agro-climatic feature;

[2] To enhance horticulture production, improve nutritional security and income support to farm households;

[3] To establish convergence and synergy among multiple on-going and plan programmes for horticulture development;

[4] To promote, develop and disseminate technologies, through a seamless blend of traditional wisdom and modern scientific knowledge and

[5] To create opportunities for employment generation for skilled and unskilled persons, especially unemployed youth.

 

Structure—

Chairman— Minister of Agriculture

Members— Ministers of Commerce, Health, Finance, Food Processing Industries, Panchayati Raj, Science & Technology, Rural Development, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises are its members.