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SHF-State Horticulture Farms

State Horticulture Farms were established as early as in 1950 and latest by 2018. About 95% of planting materials required for distribution for the various schemes is produced in the State Horticulture Farms of the Department. Every year about 7 - 9 Crore Nos. of planting materials are produced and distributed to the farmers. The total extent of the Farms is about 2602.31 Ha. The farms hold orchard area and mother plant area of various crops. The Farms are located in 29 districts under the control of TANHODA. 

The 29 districts are as follows:

Ariyalur

Salem

Coimbatore

Sivagangai

Cuddalore

Thanjavur

Dharmapuri

Nilgiris

Dindigul

Thiruvarur

Erode

Thirupur

Kancheepuram

Theni

Kanyakumari

Chennai

Karur

Trichy

Krishnagiri

Tirunelveli

Madurai

Vellore

Nagapattinam

Villupuram

Namakkal

Virudhunagar

Perambalur

Ramnad

Pudukottai

 

          There are 61 State Horticulture Farms and 18 parks and gardens under the control of Tamil Nadu Horticulture Development Agency (TANHODA). Pedigree and quality planting materials are being produced in these State Horticulture Farms for distribution to the farmers under various schemes implemented by the Horticulture Department and also for direct sales to the farmers. The State Horticulture Farms also serve as Model Demonstration Centers to the local growers. The Botanical Gardens and Parks serve as study centers for the students and botanists besides acts as an attraction to many tourists within India and around the world. Every year a business plan for implementing the farm activities is prepared. This plan is based on

·         Demand of the local farmers

·         Need of the district for various schemes

·         Availability of mother plant area

·         Availability of Infrastructure in the farm

·         The production target for each farm is

·         Fixed based on its capacity to produce the planting materials.

 

Each farm’s business plan comprises of the following components:

 

·         Location map of the farm depicting the closer plant area and bulk plant area.

·         General details – Location, Establishment, Extent, Soil type, Area details (Orchard area and nursery area) kind wise.

·         Infrastructure available – Buildings, Irrigation sources Machineries and Equipments.

·         Climatic factors – Rainfall, Temperature, etc.

·         The business plan will also furnish activities proposed for new plantation and also gap filling activities. This will facilitate expansion of closer plant area for producing more numbers of planting materials. This will also help to increase the farm receipts in the future years.

Business plan will also have

Costing for each kind of planting material including input cost, wages cost and maintenance cost.

The sale price is fixed for each kind based on the costing for production with 25% margin.

Based on the business plan of each farm funds are provided on quarterly basis in two categories: 

1.    Payment of Wages

2.    Payment towards input purchase, transport cost, Machinery purchase and maintenance.

3.    Payment for infrastructures if any.

Kind wise production cost is arrived and kept as bench mark, based on which funds for production is disbursed. Based on the quantum of production proposed funds are calculated and released. Funds are transferred through State Bank of India to DDHs of the Districts / JDHs of the Districts, who have bank account in their place for operation of State Horticulture Farm funds.

Every month the Accounts Managers at Head Quarters (TANHODA) hold a meeting with the district Accounts Managers for reconciling the accounts of the preceding month. Reconciliation for both Wages and Other charges is done farm wise.

The Assistant Director of Horticulture (Planting Material) and The Deputy Director of Horticulture / The Joint Director of Horticulture, at the District Office take up periodical visit to the farms to review and guide the Farm Managers.

At Head Quarter (TANHODA), every month the Assistant Director of Horticulture of concerned block and Farm Managers are reviewed on their activities. Further supply orders for the planting materials produced are given.

Besides the above the head quarters officers also visit various farms to review and monitor the farm function. In view to bring about expansion of area under vegetable crops, it is proposed to distribute more quantity of vegetable seeds to the farmers through the existing departmental schemes.

The detail of the State Horticulture Farms is given below:

List of State Horticulture Farms

SL.No

District

Name

location

Area (ha.)

1

Ariyalur

SHF

Keelapalavur

7.58

2

Coimbatore

SHF

Anaikatty

12

3

Coimbatore

SHF

Kannampalayam

11.2

4

Cuddalore

SHF

Neyveli

39.53

5

Cuddalore

SHF

Virudhachalam

10.43

6

Dharmapuri

SHF

Polayampalli

2.73

7

Dindigul

SHF

Kodaikanal

1.73

8

Dindigul

SHF

Sandhaiyur

15.2

9

Dindigul

SHF

Thandikudi

5.45

10

Dindigul

SHF

Sirumalai

200.04

11

Erode

SHF

Bagudampalayam

10

12

Kancheepuram

SHF

Attur

12.24

13

Kancheepuram

SHF

Vitchanthangal

23.25

14

Kancheepuram

SHF

Melkadirpur

42.63

15

Kancheepuram

SHF

Melottivakkam

20.6

16

Kancheepuram

SHF

Pichivakkam

34

17

Kanyakumari

SHF

Kanyakumari

12.64

18

Kanyakumari

SHF

Pechiparai

6

19

Karur

SHF

Mudalaipatti

23.96

20

Krishnagiri

SHF

Thimmapuram

9.51

21

Krishnagiri

SHF

Jeenur

121.96

22

Madurai

SHF

Poonjuthi

5.76

23

Nagapattinam

SHF

Vanduvancherry

6.54

24

Namakkal

SHF

Semmedu

11.6

25

Namakkal

SHF

Padasolai

22.67

26

Perambalur

SHF

Vengalam

4.72

27

Pudukottai

SHF

Kudumianmalai

118.68

28

Pudukottai

Giant Orchard

Vallathirakottai

521.2

29

Pudukottai

SHF

Nattumangalam

53.02

30

Salem 

Giant Orchard

Karumandurai

419.77

31

Salem

SHF

Maniyarkundram

100

32

Salem

SHF

Karumandurai

39.35

33

Salem

SHF

Mulluvadi

48.4

34

Salem

SHF

Sirumalai (Arunuthumalai)

8

35

Sivagangai

SHF

Devakottai

81.19

36

Sivagangai

SHF

Nemam

38.77

37

Thanjavur

SHF

Aduthurai

8.9

38

Thanjavur

SHF

Marungulam

10.7

39

The Nilgiris

SHF

Burliar

6.25

40

The Nilgiris

SHF

Kallar

8.92

41

The Nilgiris

SHF

Kattery

16.96

42

The Nilgiris

FPU

Coonoor

4.05

43

The Nilgiris

Pomological Station

Coonoor

10.46

44

The Nilgiris

SHF

Doddabetta

2.52

45

The Nilgiris

SHF

Thummanatty

9.8

46

The Nilgiris

SHF

Nanjanad

64

47

The Nilgiris

SHF

Devala

80

48

The Nilgiris

SHF

Colegraine

20.4

49

Thiruvarur

SHF

Moovanallur

8.87

50

Thirupur

SHF

Sankaramanallur

10.12

51

Theni

SHF

Periyakulam

9.32

52

Thiruvallur

SHF

Madhavaram

4.38

53

Trichy

SHF

Thorakudi

4.05

54

Tirunelveli

SHF

Vannikonenthal

10.86

55

Vellore

SHF

Thagarakuppam

34.4

56

Vellore

SHF

Kudapattu

10.08

57

Vellore

SHF

Navlock

84.42

58

Villupuram

SHF

A. Sathanur

10

59

Virudhunagar

SHF

Poovani

9.46

60

Virudhunagar

SHF

Srivilliputhur

46.27

61

Ramnad

SHF

Oriyur

14.77

 

 

 

TOTAL

2602.31

SHF: State Horticultural Farm

FPU – Fruit Preservation Unit

The details of the Parks and Gardens are given below:

Sl.

No

Name of the Park / Garden

District

Area

(Ha)

Year of
Establish
ment

1.

Government Botanical Garden, Ooty

The Nilgiris

22.00

1848

2.

Government  Rose Garden, Ooty

14.40

1995

3.

Sim’s Park, Coonoor

12.14

1969

4.

Kattery Park

2.00

2011

5.

Tea Park at Doddabetta

1.70

2015

6.

Bryant Park, Anna Park

Kodaikanal

7.93

1908

2010

7.

Chettiyar Park

2.02

1980

8.

Rose Garden and cut flower Demo unit

4.00

2018

9.

Lake View Park

 

 

 

Salem

1.27

1999

10.

Rose Garden at SHF, Yercaud.

15.14

1975

11.

Genetic Heritage Garden, Yercaud.

10.00

2012

12.

Anna Park

1.87

1999

13.

Government Botanical Garden, Yercaud-1

8.10

2010

14.

Government Botanical Garden, Yercaud-2

8.10

2010

15.

Semmozhi Poonga

Chennai

3.17

2010

16.

ECO Park, Courtallam

Tirunelveli

14.89

2012

17.

Genetic Heritage Garden, Achadiprambu

Ramnad

4.00

2015

18.

Eco Park, Kanayakumari

Kanyakumari

6.00

2018

Total

138.73