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Protected Cultivation

(Greenhouse/ Shade nethouse)

The Commercial Horticulture Development Scheme in Protected Cover, initiated by the National Horticulture Board (NHB), aims to promote the cultivation of high-value crops under protected structures such as greenhouses, shade net houses, plastic tunnels, and anti-bird/hail nets. By providing financial assistance, the scheme aims to encourage farmers to adopt protected cultivation techniques for increased productivity and income generation.


  1. Promote Protected Cultivation: Encourage the adoption of protected cultivation techniques to enhance crop yield, quality, and marketability.
  2. Diversification of Crops: Facilitate the cultivation of high-value flowers and vegetables under protected structures for commercial purposes.
  3. Support for Small and Marginal Farmers: Provide financial assistance to enable small and marginal farmers to invest in protected cultivation infrastructure.

Components of the Scheme

  1. Protected Cover Infrastructure:
    • Provision of planting material, plantation, irrigation, fertigation, and mechanization for setting up protected structures.
    • Eligible structures include greenhouses, shade net houses, plastic tunnels, and anti-bird/hail nets.

Eligible Crops

  • Flowers: Anthurium, Orchids, Rose, Lilium, Chrysanthemum, Carnation, and Gerbera.
  • Vegetables: High-value vegetables such as Capsicum, Cucumber, and Tomato.

Pattern of Assistance

  • Financial Assistance: @50% of the total project cost, limited to ₹56.00 lakh.

Minimum Land Area Requirement

  • General Area: 2500 square meters.
  • North East Region: Projects with an area covering 1000 square meters are eligible.

Implementation Plan

  1. Project Proposal Submission:

    • Interested farmers submit detailed project proposals to NHB, specifying the type of protected structure and crops to be cultivated.
  2. Project Evaluation and Approval:

    • NHB evaluates proposals based on feasibility, crop selection, and compliance with guidelines.
    • Approved projects receive financial assistance as per the scheme criteria.
  3. Infrastructure Setup:

    • Procurement and installation of protected structures and associated infrastructure.
    • Establishment of planting material, irrigation, and fertigation systems.
  4. Crop Cultivation and Management:

    • Plantation and cultivation of eligible crops under protected structures.
    • Implementation of appropriate crop management practices for optimal growth and yield.
  5. Monitoring & Evaluation:

    • Regular monitoring of project progress and crop performance.
    • Evaluation of outcomes in terms of increased crop productivity, income generation, and adoption of protected cultivation techniques.


The Commercial Horticulture Development Scheme in Protected Cover by NHB aims to boost the adoption of protected cultivation techniques among farmers for the cultivation of high-value flowers and vegetables. By providing financial assistance and technical support, the scheme facilitates the establishment of protected structures and promotes crop diversification for enhanced income opportunities in the horticulture sector.


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