Horticulture Cluster Development Programme – UPSC Prelims

Horticulture Cluster Development Programme(CDP):
  • Horticulture Cluster Development Programme(CDP) aims at growing and developing identified horticulture clusters to make them globally competitive.
  • Nodal Agency: The nodal agency for the programme will be the National Horticulture Board(NHB). It will implement the programme as a Central Sector Component of NHB.
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare(MoA&FW) has identified 53 horticulture clusters. Of which 12 have been selected for the pilot launch of the programme.
  • Based on the learnings from the pilot project, the programme will be scaled up to cover all the identified clusters.
  • Features:
    • Programme will address all major issues related to the Indian horticulture sector. This includes pre-production, production, post-harvest management, logistics, marketing and branding.
    • Programme is designed to leverage geographical specialisation and promote integrated and market-led development of horticulture clusters.
    • Programme is expected to converge with other initiatives of the Government such as the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund.
  • Significance of the Programme:
    • The programme will benefit about 10 lakh farmers and related stakeholders of the value chain in the Horticulture Sector.
    • The programme is expected to improve the exports of the targeted horticultural crops by approximately 20%.
    • Moreover, the programme is expected to attract an estimated investment of INR 10,000 crore when implemented in all the 53 clusters.

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