Department of Horticulture, which promoted 10 horticulture clusters in the last financial year, will support an equal number of clusters in the current fiscal year.

A cluster is a group of villages where a particular variety of horticultural crop is promoted by registering a society of farmers. Each society would get Rs. 2 lakh from the government as revolving fund. In addition, the farmers would get a maintenance grant.

Dakshina Kannada Department of Horticulture Deputy Director Yogesh H. R. said that in the current financial year the emphasis would be on promoting clusters of cocoa and pepper as they commanded good demand in the consumer market. “[The cluster combination] is not fixed. If farmers suggest any other crop they are interested to cultivate they can take it up,” he said, adding that two clusters in each of the five taluks would be promoted. Mr. Yogesh said the process of identification of farmers has begun and would be completed by the end of this month. The Deputy Director said the clusters would be promoted under Integrated Horticulture Development Scheme.


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