Horticulture In Karnataka Budget

1. Horticultural area and productivity proposed to be increased.
2. Establishment of Centre of Excellence, strengthening FPOs by providing working capital and risk management support.
3. Implementation of new scheme to encourage SC/ST farmers in getting the benefit of horticulture with a subsidy of 90% of the unit cost corresponding to crop intervals, installed under the drip irrigation scheme by them.
4. 50% subsidy for automation of drip irrigation and fertigation to encourage precision farming.
5. Formation of a framework on PPP mode for improving the quality of extension service in the horticulture sector.
6. Subsidy for small and marginal farmers in the State through National Seed Corporation or FPOs for cultivating potato under rain fed conditions.
7. Implementation of Comprehensive Computerization system in horticulture department.

What is Food Processing organisation?

The concept of FPO offers a proven pathway to successfully deal with a range of challenges that confront farmers today, especially small producers.

Benefits:

1. Able to leverage collective strength and bargaining power to access financial and non-financial inputs and services and appropriate technologies,
2. Reduce transaction costs,
3. Rap high value markets
4. Enter into partnerships with private entities on more equitable terms.
5. It uses the strength of collective planning for production, procurement and marketing to add value to members’ produce.

The Karnataka Agri Business and Food Processing Policy 2015 envisages the support and encouragement to the formation of product specific farmer producer organizations for the mutual benefit of farmers as well as food processing entrepreneurs.
Currently there are 14 registered FPOs in the State and 68 FPOs are under the process of registration.

What is Fertigation?

Fertigation is the injection of fertilizers, soil amendments, and other water-soluble products into an irrigation system. Fertigation is used to add additional nutrients or to correct nutrient deficiencies

Advantages
1. Increased nutrient absorption by plants.
2. Reduction of fertilizer, chemicals, and water needed.
3. Reduced leeching of chemicals into the water supply.
4. Reduced water consumption due to the plant’s increased root mass’s ability to trap and hold water.
5. Application of nutrients can be controlled at the precise time and rate necessary.
6. Minimized risk of the roots contracting soil borne diseases through the contaminated soil.
7. Reduction of soil erosion issues as the nutrients are pumped through the water drip system.

Disadvantages
1. Concentration of the solution decreases as the fertilizer dissolves. This may lead to poor nutrient placement.
2. The water supply for fertigation is to be kept separate from the domestic water supply to avoid contamination.
3. Possible pressure loss in the main irrigation line.
4. The process is dependent on the water supply’s non-restriction by drought rationing.
Spice Park:
• The Spices Park is a well-conceived approach to have an integrated operation for cultivation, post harvesting, processing for value addition, packaging, storage and exports of spices and spice products.
• In the State, Haveri has been selected for developing Spice Park for Byadagi Chilli by the Spices Board of India.
• Spice Park will function as a common facility centre for development of spice industries.
• The basic objective of the concept is to provide common infrastructure facilities for both postharvest and processing operations of spice, which also aims to backward integration by providing rural employment.
• Under the concept of the Spice Park, Board will lease out the lands available in the Spice Park to private entrepreneurs for developing their own processing plants for value addition.
• The grower community can make use of these facilities for selling their produce directly to the exporters so that they can avail the premium price for their products.
• On the other side, exporters can develop a link with reliable farming community for an uninterrupted supply of raw material for their business.

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