Move aimed to boost commercial horticulture in India
The Indian government is promoting commercial horticulture by providing financial assistance for various post-harvest activities. Through its National Horticulture Board (NHB), the government is offering a subsidy on setting up an integrated pack house with facilities for conveyor belt, sorting, grading units, washing, drying and weighing of horticulture produce.
The board is providing assistance to the eligible beneficiaries for building an integrated pack house measuring 9 metres by 18 metres. They can get up to 50% of the project cost in subsidy for creating such a facility.
Pattern of assistance: For a project of Rs 50 lakh, credit-linked back-ended subsidy is provided at 35% of the total cost limited to Rs 17.50 lakh per project in general areas and at 50% of the project cost limited to Rs 25 lakh in the northeast region, hilly states and scheduled areas.
Eligibility for financial assistance
Those eligible for financial assistance for include association of growers, individuals, group of farmer growers/consumers, farmers producer organizations (FPOs,) partnership/proprietary firms, self-help groups (SHGs), NGOs, companies, corporations, cooperatives, cooperative marketing federations, agricultural produce marketing committees, marketing boards/committees, municipal corporations/committees, agro-industries corporations, state agricultural universities (SAUs) and other concerned research and development (R&D) organizations.
Details about the scheme, eligibility and the cost norms for establishing integrated pack houses are given on the NHB website http://www.nhb.gov.in.
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