06 July 2022, Chandigarh: Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Dr. Sumita Misra, informed that a special grant scheme has been implemented by the government to encourage the cultivation of dragon fruit. Dragon fruit is in great demand in the market. Due to which farmers can take good profits by cultivating this fruit.
Dr. Sumita Misra informed that there is a provision of grant of Rs. 1,20,000 per acre for dragon fruit orchard. In which Rs. 50,000 is for planting saplings and Rs.70,000 per acre for trawling system. For planting saplings, a grant of Rs. 50,000 will be given in three installments of Rs. 30,000 in the first year, Rs. 10,000 in the second year and Rs. 10,000 in the third year.
She said that farmers can get good profits by planting more orchards of different kinds of fruit. While establishing orchards saves water, fruit orchards help in increasing the income of the farmers.
Grant facility will be available up to maximum 10 acres
She said that under this scheme, a farmer can avail the facility of grant of up to a maximum of 10 acres. To get the grant, it is mandatory for the farmers to register on the ‘Meri Fasal-Mera Byora’ portal. She said that the grant will be given on a ‘first come-first serve’ basis. Farmers can take advantage of the scheme by applying on the website of Horticulture Department http://hortnet.gov.in.
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