The production of
vegetables and fruits in the country is estimated to be 1505.86 and
752.74 lakh tonnes respectively, during 2011-12 as compared to 1465.54
and 748.78 lakh tonnes during 2010-11.
The Government of India has been implementing Horticulture Mission for
North East and Himalayan States (HMNEH) and National Horticulture
Mission (NHM) in the remaining States of the country for enhancing
production and productivity of horticulture crops including fruits and
vegetables. Under these missions, assistance is provided for
establishment of nurseries, seed production for vegetables, enhancing
quality production and productivity of fruits and vegetables through
area expansion, protected cultivation, canopy management, integrated
nutrient and water management, integrated pest management, rejuvenation
of senile orchards, mechanization, Human Resource Development, etc.
Agriculture Ministry is implementing Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) on
request of State/ UT Governments for procurement of various
horticultural commodities. The purpose of implementation of MIS is to
protect the growers from making distress sales in the event of a bumper
crop when there is glut in the market, causing prices to fall below
economic levels/ cost of production. Losses, if any, incurred by the
procuring agencies are shared equally between the Central Government and
the State Government concerned on 50:50 basis (75:25 in case of
North-Eastern States). MIS was sanctioned for procurement of 54,000 MT
of onion at the Market Intervention Price of Rs.6,000 per MT w.e.f.
14.12.2011 to 14.01.2012 in Karnataka during 2011-12.
This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for
Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a
question in the Lok Sabha today.