Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 11 May 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. The mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture

1. Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture

News Summary

To promote and for holistic growth of the horticulture sector in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has provided an enhanced allocation of Rs. 2250 Crore for the year 2021-22 for ‘Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)’.

Prelims GS – Governance

  • The Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) is a centrally sponsored scheme.
  • The Ministry is implementing MIDH with effect from 2014-15, for realizing the potential of the horticulture sector covering fruits, vegetables, root and tuber crops, mushrooms, spices, flowers, aromatic plants, coconut, cashew, and cocoa.
  • Under MIDH, the Government of India (GOI) contributes 60%, of the total outlay for developmental programs in all the states except states in North East and Himalayas, 40% share is contributed by State Governments. In the case of the North-Eastern States and the Himalayan States, GOI contributes 90%.
  • In the case of the National Horticulture Board (NHB), Coconut Development Board (CDB), Central Institute for Horticulture (CIH), Nagaland, and the National Level Agencies (NLA), GOI contributes 100%.
  • MIDH also provides technical advice and administrative support to State Governments/ State Horticulture Missions (SHMs) for the Saffron Mission and other horticulture-related activities Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY)/NMSA.

Click here to view the official website of MIDH.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Governance

Significance of MIDH:
  • MIDH has played a significant role in increasing the area under horticulture crops.
  • Area and production during the years 2014 – 15 to 2019 – 20 has increased by 9% and 14% respectively.
  • Moreover, the mission has boosted best practices to be followed in farms which have significantly improved the quality of produce and productivity of farmland.
  • The initiative of MIDH has not only resulted in India’s self-sufficiency in the horticulture sector but also contributed towards achieving sustainable development goals of zero hunger, good health, and wellbeing, no poverty, gender equality, etc.

Click here to view the Courtesy: PIB release.



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