Bihar Announces 40% Subsidy for Dragon Fruit Cultivation

January 06, 2024 | Krishi Jagran |

The Directorate of Horticulture in Bihar has announced a 40% subsidy under the National Horticulture Mission Scheme for dragon fruit cultivation, aiming to diversify crops and bolster agricultural ventures. Dragon fruit cultivation was introduced in Bihar in 2014 in Kishanganj district and has since expanded to districts like Katihar, Purnia, Araria, Supaul, Jamui, Nalanda, and Nawada. The subsidy, amounting to 40% of the unit cost of Rs 1,25,000 per hectare, seeks to promote economic prosperity and encourage farmers to adopt dragon fruit cultivation. This initiative aligns with the government's broader agenda to enhance horticultural activities, diversify agriculture, and reduce import dependence. Dragon fruit farming in Bihar offers a profitable niche with shorter durations for flowering and fruiting, ensuring quicker returns on investment, and the subsidy mitigates initial financial burdens for farmers, making the venture more accessible. This move is expected to elevate agricultural output, boost the economy, and position Bihar as a key player in the cultivation of this exotic and economically valuable fruit.

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