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Working Group for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Horticulture Development including Spices, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants and Plantation Crops

Dated 13th November 2000


i. Dr. K.L. Chadha, National Professor Former DOG (Horticulture),
Division of Horticulture, IARI Campus Pusa, New Delhi.
ii. Dr. Manmohan Attawar, Chairman and Managing Director
Indo-American Hybrid Seeds (lndia) Pvt. Ltd.
17th Cross, 2nd A main, BSK, 2nd stage Bangalore -560070.
iii. Dr. Vishnu Swaroop, Indo-American Hybrid Company
M-56, Palika Bhavan, Sector-13, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066.
iv. Dr. P. Pushpangadan, Director,
National Botanical Institute, Lucknow
v. Dr. S.P. Ghosh, DDG (Horticulture) ICAR, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi. Member
vi. Chairman, Tea Board Member
vii. Chairman, Coffee Board Member
viii. Chairman, Rubber Board Member
ix. Director (Plantation Crops) Department of Commerce Member
x. Shri J.K. Thomas, former President
United Planters Association of South India (UPASI)
Malankara Rubber and Produce Co. Ltd., Malankara Building, Kodimata, Kottayam - 686039.
xi. Shri N. Bose Mandanna (Vice Chairman, Coffee Board)
Subramanya Estate, PB No.12, Sunti Coppa, Post - 571237 Kodagu Distt., Karnataka.
xii. Shri M.H. Ashraf President,
United Planters Association of South India (UPASI) and M.D. Tata Coffee Limited N-502,
North Block Manipal Centre 47 Vickenson Road, Bangalore-560052.
xiii. Dr. H.P. Singh, Horticulture Commissioner
Deptt. of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi
Member Secretary

Terms of Reference

  1. To review the progress and performance of horticulture and plantation crops in terms of objectives, strategies and thrust given during Ninth Five Year Plan.
  2. To study present status of research and development in Horticulture and Plantation crops, supply of seed and planting material, their quality and adequacy on a large scale and strategies for area expansion for diversification of Indian agriculture.
  3. To identify the constraints in implementation of programmes of development of horticulture and plantation crops, suggest modifications and remedial measures with a view to make horticulture and plantation sub-sector more vibrant and efficient.
  4. To review the existing status of small and marginal farmers of horticulture crops and small growers of plantation crops and identify their basic needs for development of these sub-sectors including backyard horticulture and formulate an appropriate strategy so as to make them active participants in the overall development.
  5. To assess the progress in recent techniques in horticulture and plantation (micro-propagation, hybrid seed production and seedlings, high density planting, integrated nutrient management, use of bio-fertilizers, micro-irrigation, fertigation, organic farming, integrated pest management and use of bio-pesticides, molecular diagnostics, pesticides residues etc.).
  6. To assess and study the present status of infrastructure development for post harvest management of horticulture and plantation crops such as washing, cleaning, grading/sorting, packaging, transportation, storage and marketing, besides identifying constraints and recommend suitable measures for strengthening the infrastructure and positioning the same in strategic locations to meet the challenges of growing population in the domestic market and expanding scope of exports in the international market.
  7. To assess the impact of World Trade Organization (WTO) Regime on horticulture and plantation sub-sectors, identify the factors governing competitiveness and suggest appropriate measures for level playing field in the international market.
  8. To study and recommend suitable measures for production for export of spices, aromatic and medicinal plants, floriculture products and suggest suitable measures for increasing the exports of these products.
  9. To critically review the Indian standards for quality and purity of the products derived from horticulture and plantation sub-sectors and to suggest suitable measures for upgrading, so as to meet the quality standards at par with available international level.
  10. To study the need and urgency for promotion of human resource development in horticulture and plantation sub-sectors.
  11. To study the status of the existing organizations, both formal and informal, dealing with horticulture and plantation sub-sectors, review their effectiveness in promoting the growth and development of these sectors and suggest measures for increasing their effectiveness for the cause of development of these sub-sectors, including promotion of human resource development.
  12. To assess the status of existing regulatory framework of seed and planting material required for horticulture and plantation crops.
  13. To study the modes and methods for establishing the complementarily of public and private sector investment in horticulture and plantation sub-sectors.

In order to assist the Working Group in its task, separate Sub-Groups on specific aspects may be formed by the Chairman of Working Group. These Sub-Groups will furnish their reports to the Working Group.

The Chairman of the Working Group may co-opt officials and experts as he considers necessary.

Non-officials shall be entitled to TA/DA as permissible to Grade-l officers of Government of India and the expenditure will be borne by Planning Commission. The TA/DA of Government and Public Sector officials will be borne by their respective organizations.

The Working Group will submit its report to the Planning Commission latest by 31st March, 2001.