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Mega project:Ranga Reddy, Medak, and Mahabubnagar have been chosen for implementation of the project for the city.
HYDERABAD: Thirty-five production hubs in 11 mandals have been identified in the Ranga Reddy district for implementation of the ‘Vegetable Initiative for Urban Cluster' project promoted by the Central government under the scheme Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.
The project, supposedly with an aim of setting in motion a cycle of production and income for the farmers and assured supply of vegetables for consumers, is proposed to be launched in one major urban centre with over 10-lakh population in each State during the year 2011-12.
Three districts, Ranga Reddy, Medak and Mahabubnagar, have been chosen for implementation of the project for the city. A grant of Rs.16-crore will be made for the State from a total allocation of Rs.300-crore, of which Ranga Reddy district will get Rs.5.9-crore.
The project envisages development of a few village clusters as vegetable cultivation hubs, each connected to the Aggregation Centre set up in mandal headquarters. The Aggregation Centres will tie up with farmers' groups or associations for offering collection, grading, and packaging services. Logistical support will be provided through post-harvest management, and transport and storage infrastructure. Rythu Bazars in the city will be the market spaces in the city from where mobile vans will reach out to colonies in different areas.
Support to the farmers' associations will be in the form of subsidies for seed and seedling production, vegetable cultivation, shade-netting, Integrated Pest Management, Integrated Nutrient Management, Organic Farming, and other such aspects. The associations may be in the form of cooperatives or private sector enterprises too in the model of contract farming.
Assistance will be provided at the rate of 50 per cent of the total cost for installation of pack houses, cooling units, cold storage facilities, transport vehicles, preservation units, and onion storage structures, among others. Also to be assisted is the setting up of rural markets, retail markets, aggregation centres, and static or motorised vending carts.
A total extent of 51,185 acres spread out in Shamshabad, Maheshwaram, Kandukur, Yacharam, Ibrahimpatnam, Shamirpet, Medchal, Shankarpally, Chevella, Moinabad and Vikarabad is proposed to be brought under the initiative in Ranga Reddy district. Over 12,000 farmers in the district will be roped in for the initiative.
The project will ensure consistency in supply of vegetables throughout the year by balancing the supply with the demand through post-harvest management, officials from the district Horticulture Department said.
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