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National Horticulture Mission(NHM)

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       Since the climatic conditions prevailing in tamilnadu are favourable for cultivation of horticultural crops. The National Horticultural Mission was implemented in tamilnadu with vision of expanding the cultivation area of fruits, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and aromatic plants and thereby increasing the production of horticultural crops. This scheme has been successfully implemented in almost all states of India excluding the states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttaranchal by the central government of India. This scheme is implemented with 85% of financial assistance by the central government and 15% of financial assistance by the respective state government in the tenth five year plan.

NHM is being implemented in Tamil Nadu in the following districts

1. Coimbatore

2. Erode

3. Dindigul

4. Theni

5. Madurai

6. Ramanathapuram

7. Tirunelveli

8. Dharmapuri

9. Krishnagiri

10. Sivagangai

11. Salem

12. Cuddalore

13. Tiruchirapalli

14. The Nilgris

Details of the scheme

  • To create a revolution in the horticulture field by co-ordinating research, expansion, processing etc...

  • Increasing the income of farmers by increasing production and rate of production.

  • To encourage shifting cultivation to suit the prevailing situations.

  • Introducing new technologies among farmers.

  • Generating employment opportunities for the youth.

  • Reducing the losses occurring while harvesting using post harvesting technologies.

Project Implementation Stages

The NHM project has been framed at three tiers for easy and effective implementation.

  1. National Level Body

  2. State Level Body

  3. District Level Body

This project shall be implemented by the district level executive committee.

District Level Executive Committee Members

1. District Collector


2. Project Officer
(District Rural Development Agency)


3. Joint Director of Agriculture


4. Executive Engineer
(Agricultural Engineering Department)


5. Secretary
(Agricultural Marketing Committee)


6. Professor,
Tamilnadu Agricultural University


7. Representative,
Producers Association


8. Organizer,
Self Help Groups


9. Bank Manager


10. District Secretary


11. Assistant Director,
Khadi and Village Industries Board


12. Assistant Director of Horticulture


13. Representative,
Non-Governmental Organizations


       The following Post-Harvesting operations projects are implemented through the Department of Agricultural Marketing & Agri Business.


Project Details

Project Cost Estimate

Subsidy Details


Pack Houses

Rs.2.50 Lakhs

25% Credit linked back ended subsidy (maximum subsidy of Rs.62,500)


Reefer vans

Rs.24 Lakhs

25% Credit linked back ended subsidy (maximum subsidy of Rs.6 Lakhs)


Cold storage

Rs. 2 Crores

25% Credit linked back ended subsidy (maximum subsidy of Rs.50 Lakhs)


Controlled Atmosphere Cold Storage

Rs. 16 Crores

25% Credit linked back ended subsidy (maximum subsidy of Rs.4 Crores)


Mobile Processing Vans

Rs.16 Lakhs

25% Credit linked back ended subsidy (maximum subsidy of Rs.4 Lakhs)

       During the last year 2005-2006 and the current year 2006-2007, the central government of India has approved and sanctioned funds for 100 pack houses and 70 reefer vans.

Beneficiaries of this project

       Individuals, Farmer Groups, Voluntary Organizations, Companies and Self Help Groups.

Procedure of project functioning

  • The application for the project has to be addressed and submitted to the Secretary, Marketing Committee or Assistant Director (Marketing), Agriculture.

  • Project is executed by realizing loans from the banks prescribed.

  • On completion of the project, a certificate of completion is obtained from the bank and submitted to the officials concerned.

  • And these officers after presenting and getting approved at the district level executive committee have to forward to the Director, Department of Agricultural Marketing & Agri Business, Chennai.

  • Based on the recommendations of the district level executive committee suitable subsidies shall be provided by the banks to the beneficiaries.

This project is implemented under the guidance of National Horticulture Board

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