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Horticulture Cluster Development Programme

Recent Context

On May 31, 2021, Ministry of Agriculture and farmers welfare virtually launched the Horticulture Cluster Development Programme (CDP).

About Horticulture Cluster Develoment Progarmme (CDP) 

  • It is a Central Sector Programme.
  • The programme will be implemented in 12 horticulture clusters out of total 53 clusters selected for the programme.
  • It is implemented by the ‘National Horticulture Board (NHB)’ of the Ministry of Agriculture and farmers Welfare.

Key Features of the Programme (CDP)

  • The programme is designed to geographical specialization and promote integrated & market led development of horticulture clusters.
  • It will address all major issues related to horticulture sector including pre-production, production, post harvest management, logistics, marketing &branding.
  • The programme is expected to converge with other initiatives such as agriculture infrastructure fund.


  • CDP will benefit about 10 lakh farmers & related stakeholder of the value chain.
  • Improve exports of targeted crops by approx.. 20%.
  • Aim to create cluster-specific brands to enhance the competitiveness of cluster crops.
  • CDP is expected to attract an estimated investment of INR 10,000 crore when implemented in all 53 clusters.

Clusters of the Pilot Phase





1. Shopian (Jammu & Kashmir) & 2. Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh)


3. Lucknow (U.P.), 4. Kutch (Gujarat) & 5. Mahbubnagar (Telangana)


6. Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh) & 7. Theni (Tamil Nadu)


8. Nasik (Maharashtra)


9. Siphahijala (Tripura)


10. Solapur (Maharashtra) & 11. Chitradurga (Karnataka)


12. West Jaintia Hills (Meghalaya)



  • Horticulture is the science, art as well as business of cultivating vegetables, fruits, flowers, ornamentalplants and herbs.


Status of Horticulture Sector in India

  • The horticulture sector encompasses a wide range of crops e.g. fruit crops, vegetable crops, potato and tuber crops, ornamental crops, medicinal & aromatic crops, spices and plantation crops.
  • Horticulture has become a key drivers for economic development of the many states.
  • It contributes 30.4% to GDP of agriculture.
  • India is 2nd largest producer of total fruits.
  • Largest producer of mango, banana.
  • In 2019-20 (2nd A.E.), Andhra Pradesh was the top states in fruit production followed by U.P. and Maharashtra.
  • West Bengal, U.P. & M.P. were the top states in total vegetable production.
  • Area under horticulture crops increased to 25.5 million hectare in 2018-19, which in 20% of the total area under food-grain &produced 314 million tonnes.


Horticulture sector has the potential to raise farmers income, provide livelihood security &earn foreign exchange.


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