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12 Districts Gain Approval for Horticulture Cluster Development Pilot Program India News

NEW DELHI: The Center launched the Horticulture Cluster Development Program (CDP) on Monday to promote the export of horticultural products, identifying 12 out of a total of 53 clusters for implementation in a pilot phase.
Groups identified for CDP implementation 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 bananas; 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 program will be expanded to cover all 53 groups in the next 5-7 years.
“The CDP will benefit about 10 lakh of farmers and related stakeholders in the value chain. With this program, we aim to improve exports of target crops by approximately 20% and create cluster-specific brands to improve the competitiveness of cluster crops, ”said Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar when virtually launching the program.
The CDP will be implemented by the National Horticulture Board (NHB) through Cluster Development Agencies (CDA) that are designated according to the recommendations of the respective state / UT government.
The program is designed to take advantage of geographic specialization and promote the integrated and market-driven development of horticulture clusters. It will address all major issues related to the horticulture industry, including pre-production, production, post-harvest management, logistics, marketing, and branding.
“The CDP will not only help achieve economies of scale, but will also create cluster-specific brands to anchor them in national and global value chains, generating higher pay for farmers,” said Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal.
“The CDP is expected to attract an estimated investment of Rs 10 billion when implemented in all 53 groups. It has enormous potential to transform the entire horticultural ecosystem, improving its global competitiveness by building last-mile connectivity, ”said a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture.

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