Govt approves projects for horticulture Centres of Excellence

SRINAGAR: The State Level Executive Committee of Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) on Wednesday approved the project reports for establishment of Centres of Excellence (CoE) under the horticulture sector.
An official handout issued here said the committee, headed by the Chief Secretary, approved the reports prepared in consultation with Dutch experts. “The DPRs shall now be submitted to the government of India for approval,” it said.
Under the Indo-Dutch Joint Action Plan in Horticulture, two CoEs for fruit growing are proposed to be established at Zawoora in Srinagar and at Udheywala in Jammu.
The release said the committee also approved the Revised Action Plan 2015-16, to the tune of Rs 108 crore, under the mission.
Its project components, it said, include import of elite plant material for establishment of high-density orchards in Kashmir, hi-tech nurseries, and food processing projects.
Following recommendations of the Joint Inspection Team (JIT) that inspected various Control Atmosphere (CA) storage projects, the committee approved the release of subsidy as per norms in favour of 5 already-approved projects, it said.