By TC News Desk
Agartala, December 07, 2022: Altogether, 3 lakh 92 thousand families have been assisted for fruit cultivation in the financial years from 2021-22 to 2022-23 under Mukhyamantri Swanirbhar Parivar Yojana, said Secretary of the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare department Apurba Roy on Wednesday.
Highlighting the success of the Horticulture and Land Conservation while addressing a press conference at Civil Secretariat here on Wednesday, Secretary A Roy said the department is working on a multi-faceted plan to double the income of the farmers of the state through the cultivation of fruits and vegetables. Besides, the department has taken various initiatives to reduce the dependence on foreign countries to meet the demand of fruits and vegetables, he added.
Apart from this, 4 lakh families have been distributed various machinery for vegetable cultivation.
The Secretary of the Agriculture department said that the Chief Minister’s Flower Garden Project is being implemented with the aim of financially strengthening the families in the rural areas of the state through flower cultivation. In this scheme, 874 hectares area has been brought under fruit cultivation till now from 2021-22 to 2022-23 financial year. So far 8 mushroom seed production centres have been set up in the state to alleviate the mushroom seed shortage of mushroom growers. A total of 1 lakh 94 thousand 866 mushroom seed packets have been produced in these centres so far.
He said that the department has taken the initiative to cultivate palm oil on 530 hectares of land in the state. For this the central government has already paid Rs 3 crore 15 lakh to the state government.
The secretary also said that 693 affected flower farmers of the state have been given financial assistance of Rs 2000 during COVID pandemic.In the press conference, Director Fanibhushan Jamatia was also present.