EXTENSION OF SPTF TO OTHER PLANTATION CROPS
Date : 16 Dec 2008
Location : New Delhi
The Government has been extending assistance for replantation of coffee, rubber and cardamom, the details of which are as follows:
Coffee: Subsidy for replanting to replace the uneconomical coffee blocks with a financial outlay of Rs.100 crores for replanting in 40000 hectare is provided under Development Support Scheme of the Board for the XI Plan. Subsidy is available for replanting of Arabica & Robusta at 40% of the unit cost for growers owning coffee land upto 2 hectare, 30% up to 2-10 hectare and 25 % of the unit cost for large growers having more than 10 hectares with unit cost for Arabica estimated at Rs.1.00 lakh and for Robusta Rs.0.70 lakh per hectare.
Rubber: Financial Assistance for new planting and replanting of rubber plantations is provided under the Rubber Plantation Development Scheme and Scheme for Rubber Development in North East (NE). The schemes are implemented region-wise and not State-wise. An assistance of Rs.19,500 per hectare is limited upto 2 hectare for growers who own upto 5 hectare of rubber in traditional-area, Rs, 30,000 per hectare for growers who own upto 20 hectare in non-traditional region other than NE and NE region.
Cardamom: Government has approved a scheme during 11th Plan with an outlay of Rs.122.23 crores for increasing production and productivity of cardamom through a Special Purpose Fund Scheme of replantation and rejuvenation. Under the scheme, it is proposed to cover small cardamom- replantation of 10,000 hectares in Kerala & Tamil Nadu and 15,000 hectare in Karnataka. Rejuvenation of 15,000 hectares in Kerala & Tamil Nadu. Large cardamom- replantation and rejuvenation of 10,000 hectares each in Sikkim and Darjeeling district of West Bengal.
This information was given by Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Commerce, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.