In order to increase the participation of farmers in the field of agriculture, a subsidy has been given to the farmers by the district agriculture department for the cultivation of various plants and crops. The positive effects of this subsidy have been seen in the last few years, and the exports of fruits and vegetables from the district have recently become very noticeable.
9 lakh 90 thousand 735 ornamental plants have been exported to the Netherlands, USA, and Japan from the government-approved nursery at Vangani in Thane district in the last year. The addition of ornamental trees along with a combination of fruits and vegetables has opened up new avenues of business for the farmers here.
Every year the district agriculture department plans to export the agricultural produce grown in the district to various states and abroad. For this, a vegetable, as well as an orchard cultivation area, are planned. Last year, orchards and flower gardens were scheduled to be planted on 1,080 hectares in the district.
Apart from agriculture, the number of nurseries in the district is also significant. Many of these nursery owners plant and sell fruit and flower plants. A subsidy is also given by the district agriculture department to the government-approved nursery owners for the cultivation of these seedlings. In addition, only nursery owners who are officially permitted by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) can export various plants abroad.
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