National Horticulture Mission is a sub scheme under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture. The scheme encourages crop diversification and promotion of hi-tech practices to ensure holistic growth of Horticulture. It is a centrally sponsored scheme with the assistance of 60% from Government of India and 40% by the State Government.
The scheme is intended in 22 districts of Tamil Nadu viz., Ariyalur, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Erode, Kanyakumari, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Sivagangai, Thanjavur, The Nilgiris, Theni, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Trichy, Vellore and Villupuram.
Main objectives of the Mission are:
a) Promote holistic growth of Horticulture sector, including bamboo and coconut through area based regionally differentiated strategies, which includes research, technology promotion, extension, post harvest management, processing and marketing, in consonance with comparative advantage of each State/region and its diverse agro-climatic features.
b) Encourage aggregation of farmers into farmer groups like FIGs/FPOs and FPCs to bring economy of scale and scope.
c) Enhance Horticulture production, augment farmers, income and strengthen nutritional security.
d) Improve productivity by way of quality germplasm, planting material and water use efficiency through Micro Irrigation.
e) Support skill development and create employment generation opportunities for rural youth in horticulture and post harvest management, especially in the cold chain sector.