About Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)
Haryana is fast emerging as one of the leading State in Horticulture sector and has made significant achievements in this sector during the recent. At present it has 6.79% area under horticultural crops and contributes about 9% of GSDP within crop husbandry. The brief about National Horticulture Mission is given as under:
- In 2005-06, Govt. of India launched National Horticulture Mission (Centrally Sponsored Scheme) on sharing pattern of 85:15 (GoI:State), which was renamed as Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) in 2014-15. In 2015-16 sharing pattern of MIDH was changed to 60:40 (GoI:State)
- In Haryana, Mission is being implemented by Haryana State Horticulture Development Agency (HSHDA) through District Horticulture Mission Implementation Units in the district.
- Promote holistic growth of horticulture sector, including bamboo and coconut through area based regionally differentiated strategies, which includes research, technology promotion, extension, post harvest management, processing and marketing, in consonance with comparative advantage of each State/region and its diverse agro-climatic features;
- Encourage aggregation of farmers into farmer groups like FIGs/FPOs and FPCs to bring economy of scale and scope.
- Enhance horticulture production, augment farmers, income and strengthen nutritional security;
- Improve productivity by way of quality germplasm, planting material and water use efficiency through Micro Irrigation.
- Support skill development and create employment generation opportunities for rural youth in horticulture and post harvest management, especially in the cold chain sector.
- For implementation of MIDH a State Level Executive Committee(s) (SLEC) was formed under Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary, Agricultural and Farmers Welfare Department, Govt. of Haryana. The Mission Director is the Member Secretary of this Committee. Other members are from other Departments like, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, HAFED, Horticulture, HSIIDC, CCS HAU, Hisar, HAIC, HSDC etc. having total 14 members alongwith five non-official members.
- The SLEC holds its meetings on quarterly basis generally.
- State level agency will have the following functions: