AP Scheme To Develop Horticulture

Hyderabad, Aug 25: | Updated: Aug 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
The Andhra Pradesh government is drafting an integrated horticulture development programme for the state with a special focus on Chittoor, Ranga Reddy, Khammam, West Godavari and Vishakhapatnam districts. Initially, the government plans to lease out all the 40 odd nurseries to private parties for development and maintenance. Initially, we plan to handover about 20 nurseries to the private parties in a phased manner, Mr JSV Prasad Director Horticulture told FE. The department has already taken the state governments approval for the process, he added.

We know that over 80 per cent of the development in horticulture is dependent on the exclusive efforts of private sector including farmers, private companies and various other intermediaries, Mr Prasad said. As of now, each district has about two to three nurseries under the department, we want to bring it to one per district under the department control and remaining will be leased out to private companies he said.

As part of the promotion of horticulture and floriculture in the state, the state government is planning to create a nursary code, which will ensure that the buyers will get the plant material as specified in the code and in any deviation he can return the materials. We are in the preliminary stages of the development of the code. As it is for the first time in the country such an attempt is being made we are collecting information from exisiting nurseries, Mr Prasad said. The state government has provided Rs 48 crore in the budget for the developement of the horticulture in the state including floriculture. Besides the state government has extending a Rs 30 crore special package to Anantapur district for the development of horticulture.

Meanwhile, the private nurseries in Hyderabad have formed Hyderabad Nurseries Consortium with a view to establish a nursery super market at Manikonda in the newly formed Cyberabad. While the government will provide the land, the private nurseries consortium will invest Rs 15 crore to develop the market, Mr Prasad said.