BENGALURU: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh called upon farmers to use modern techniques and machinery to produce horticultural crops.
He was speaking at a function, ‘Horti-Fair Sangam’, jointly organised by the National Horticulture Board and the state Horticulture Department at Lalbagh here on Friday.
The government has integrated all horticulture programme into Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) so that farmers and entrepreneurs are benefited, he said.
Indian horticulture products have their distinct identity in global market and by exporting them, farmers have contributed to the country’s foreign exchange earnings, the minister said.
Singh said the government is facilitating the use of advanced horticulture techniques through its Horticulture Central Programmes so that farmers can achieve higher productivity with quality and efficiency in horticulture cultivation.
The government is also promoting a chain of cold storage facilities across the country to avoid wastage of horticulture produce, he said.
At the ‘Horti-Fair Sangam’, business groups such as Mother Dairy, Reliance, Walmart, Big Bazaar and Spencer are participating so that farmers can directly sell their produce to them.
Union Minister of Fertilisers and Chemicals Ananth Kumar and others were present at the inauguration.