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Narendra Singh Tomar Inaugurates National Horticulture Board (NHB) Centre in Gwalior

Abha Toppo
Abha Toppo
Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar Inaugurating NHB Centre in Gwalior

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar on 1 July 202 inaugurated the new Centre of National Horticulture Board (NHB) in Gwalior.

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National Horticulture Board, which is mandated for integrated development of hi-tech commercial horticulture & post-harvest management/cold chain infrastructure in India, has centers at various parts of the country and at least 1 centre is there almost in every state for implementation, examination and coordination of its different schemes and activities. States like Maharashtra and UP have more than one centre because of their geography and higher quantum of work.

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Madhya Pradesh, which is the 2nd largest state in the nation, is rapidly diversifying into horticulture sector for the past few years. It is the 3rd largest producers of vegetables and 5th largest producers of fruits in India.

Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture Minister said, “The horticulture segment has become the sunrise sector for MP. Gwalior Division of Madhya Pradesh is geographically located in Northern part of the State. Gwalior and Chambal divisions correspond to the Gird region of Madhya Pradesh.”

The new Centre of National Horticulture Board will play a significant role in increasing development of horticulture in this region. With the opening of new NHB Centre at Gwalior, cultivators of not only Gwalior Division but also from 21 districts of Northern MP including Grid region of Gwalior & Chambal will get the benefit through the Schemes of National Horticulture Board.

Tomar said, “As of now National Horticulture Board had only 1 Centre in Madhya Pradesh at Bhopal. But, keeping in view the huge geographical area of the State & physical distances of several districts and areas from Bhopal, farmers generally find it very difficult to avail the benefits of NHB schemes and technical guidance with respect to latest development in the horticulture sector.”

Bharat Singh Kushwaha, Madhya Pradesh Food Processing Minister (Independent Charge) and Vivek Narayan Shejwalkar, Gwalior MP thanked agriculture minister for opening NHB centre in Gwalior.

The event was also attended by Manisha Yadav, Jila Panchayat Chairman, local representatives & farmers. NAFED MD, Sanjiv Chadha, NHB MD, Rajbir Singh, Sanjay Agarwal, Union Agriculture Secretary along with other officials joined the event in virtual mode.

Source - PIB

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