The objective of the scheme is to promote Integrated Farming System (IFS) with emphasis on multitier-cropping, rotational cropping, inter-cropping, mixed-cropping practices with allied activities like horticulture, livestock, fisheries, agro-forestry, apiculture, conservation/ promotion of Non-Timber Forest Products etc. to enable farmers not only in maximizing the farm returns for sustaining livelihood, but also to mitigate the impacts of drought, flood or other extreme weather events.
Adoption of a cluster approach in a village or an area of not less than 100 Ha in contiguous or non-contiguous in difficult terrain with close proximity, in a village/adjoining villages may be preferred for injecting investments to utilize the potential of available and created common resources.
At least 25% of the farming system area has to be covered under On Farm Water Management.
Farmers would have the option to choose one or combination of farming systems suitable to the specific eco-system supported through local KVK, SAU, ICAR Centre, ICRISAT, ATMA etc., for maximizing Horticultural productivity from the existing natural resource assets.
This scheme is implemented with a sharing pattern of 60:40 between Centre and State and the subsidy allowed @ 50% of the cost.
From 2014-15 to 2017-18, 15,085 Ha have been brought under Horticulture based farming. 835 Nos of Vermi compost units, 2,232 Nos of Vermi beds and Poly house and shade net have been installed in 59.77 Ha. 96 Demonstrations, 345 Trainings were conducted and four numbers of Post harvest storage structure were erected with an expenditure of Rs.50.16 crore through this scheme.
During the year 2018-19, Horticultural Based Farming in 4150 Ha , Protected cultivation like Poly House in 84000 Sq.M and shade net in 105000 and Vermi Compost production Structures 427 Nos, HDPE vermi bed 1204 Nos, Village Level Storage/ Packing/ Processing units -41 Nos and Farmers training -235 Nos and Demonstrations- 183 nos is being implemented in 28 districts viz., Ariyalur, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Dharmapuri, Erode, Kancheepuram, Kanyakumari, Karur, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Nagapattinam, Namakkal, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Ramnad, Salem, Sivagangai, Tanjore, Theni, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruchirapalli, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram and Virudhunagar at an outlay of Rs.21.24 Crore.