Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed to organize fruit, vegetable, and flower exhibitions at the divisional level in the state to increase competition among fruit, vegetable, flower, animal husbandry, medicinal plant, and food processing producers.
This move will fulfil twin objectives of increasing farmers’ income, as well as developing a small-scale industry. According to the Chief Minister, such exhibitions will encourage horticulture producers and will provide them with opportunities to learn new scientific production, maintenance, and marketing techniques, officials here on Friday said.
In the meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, officials of the Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing said that, so far, fruit, vegetable, and flower exhibitions have been organized at the divisional level in Agra and Lucknow. The exhibition will be held in Prayagraj on February 24-25, Varanasi on February 25-26, and Saharanpur on March 14-17.
Apart from this, preparations for the exhibition are in the final stages in other cities: Aligarh, Azamgarh, Bareilly, Ayodhya, Devipatan, Gorakhpur, Basti, Jhansi, Chitrakoot Dham, Kanpur, Meerut, Moradabad, and Mirzapur, but the date has not been finalized yet.
Officials further informed the CM that the exhibition will be organized in all the divisions until March. In addition, the exhibition competition is divided into two categories. The rules for participation in the competition have also been formed.
Vegetables, hybrid vegetables, polyhouse vegetables, organic vegetables, fruits, special fruits, mushrooms, fruit preservation, honey, and betel leaves compete in the first category.
The Second category of competition includes: Evergreen leaves, flowers, other potted plants, winter seasonal flower plants in pots, medicine plants and seasonal flower pots.
During the meeting, officials informed CM Yogi that a budget has been set aside for organizing exhibitions at the divisional level of the state. Rs 3.42 crores have been allocated for the exhibition in 18 circles, with each division receiving Rs 19,05,500.
A divisional-level fruit, vegetable, and flower exhibition executive committee has been formed for their successful organisation.