Page Updated on : 01/04/2015


In order to improve livelihood opportunities and to bring prosperity to the North Eastern Region (NER) including Sikkim, Government of India launched a Technology Mission For North East for integrated Development of Horticulture in 2001-02. Considering the potential of Horticulture for socio-economic development of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Technology Mission was extended to these States from 2003-04. With effect from 2014-15, HMNEH scheme has been subsumed under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).  HMNEH is based on the “end-to-end approach” taking into account the entire gamut of horticulture development, with all backward and forward linkages, in a holistic manner.

Goals & Objectives of the Horticulture Mission

The objectives of the Mission are:

  • To improve the production and productivity of horticulture crops by harnessing the potential of the region.
  • Special emphasis on “Low Volume, High Value, Less Perishable Horticulture Crops”.
  • A horticulture based farming system to be developed, thereby providing viable and ample opportunities for employment, especially for women, besides improving productivity of land.

The programmes under the HMNEH have been evolved in consultation with all the stakeholders, including the State Governments. The HMNEH strives to address the following issues:

  • Technology & technological development
  • Demonstration of technologies
  • Production of quality planting material
  • Organic farming
  • Efficient water management
  • Post Harvest Management
  • Marketing

The NER is known for minimum use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This is proposed to be converted into a strength through appropriate technology-based development and adoption of organic management of horticulture development activities.

Approval of Programmes

State will prepare Annual Action Plan (AAP) within the parameters of HMNEH and submit to the Mission Director (MIDH) Department of Agriculture & Cooperation.

Fund Flow Mechanism

Funds will be released through the state Government.


Monitoring Mechanism

At National Level implementation of HMNEH will be reviewed and monitored regularly by Empowered Monitoring Committee (EMC) and Executive Commitee headed by Secretary (A&C).  In addition, there will be regular field review by Joint Inspection Teams (JIT). State Directorats will upload the monthly progress in HMNEH website by 5th of every month.