Growth of Horticulture in Karnataka
The growth of Horticulture in the state has a thrilling historical background, which reveals several interesting facts, milestones
of achievements and pride legacies. Karnataka is the first state in the entire country to have a separate Horticulture Department,
and many other states, at later years, followed the example of Karnataka . Because of this, the state could achieve remarkable progress
in many fronts of Horticulture, whether Fruits or Vegetables or Flowers or Plantation crops.
Although some Horticulture crops were grown in the state since time immemorial, their cultivation on commercial scale started just two
and a half century before. The first acknowledgeable credit for initiation of cultivation of Horticulture crops in the state undoubtedly
goes to Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. At about 1760,Hyder Ali started a small royal orchard near Bangalore Fort, which was called by the
name Lalbagh. After him, Tipu Sultan improved this garden by making systematic layouts and undertaking comprehensive planting programme.
He collected several important native and exotic species of flowers, fruits, vegetables and other plants, obtained from several far off
places such as Malacca, Isle of France, Oman, Arabia, Persia, Turkey, Zanzibar, France and other European countries. At Srirangapatna,
his capital, he had established another garden of fame by the same name as Lalbagh, in which also he had introduced several ornamental
and horticulture plants. At Ganjam, near Srirangapatna, he had developed a vast Fig orchard. Several of the fruits species, which Tipu
Sultan had introduced then, eventually became the commercial crops of the then Mysore province, and to quote a few are: Fig, Mulberry
(for Sericulture), Grapes, Pomegranates, Rose, several European vegetable crops etc.
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In Karnataka the assistance is available for a maximum area of 5 Hectares per beneficiary family for both Drip and Sprinkler irrigation.
Under drip / Sprinkler irrigation the subsidy is provided at 90% for the first 2 hectares and for the remaining 3 hectares subsidy is
50% in all the 30 districts of the State. As per the Government of India Guidelines the area for subsidy per beneficiary is restricted to 5 ha.