WHAT WE DO
Introducing ShiNE: Empowering Horticulture in North East India
ShiNE (Scaling Horticulture in the North East) is a comprehensive and integrated programme designed to boost the horticulture sector in the North East region of India.
It encompasses various initiatives aimed at scaling up horticulture activities and improving the income of farmers in the region by providing technology, professional advisory services, farming implements, and so on.
Key Components Driving ShiNE's Success
Precision Farming and Horticulture Research Centre
Livelihood Business Incubators
2.1. Hill Agricultural Implements
2.2. High Density Plantations
2.3. Bamboo Polyhouse
2.4. Training and Workshop
2.5. Organic Inputs
Common Facility Centre
Harnessing Infrastructure for Optimal Plant Growth
The programme focuses on deploying horticulture infrastructure, such as High-Density plantations and Bamboo Polyhouses, which provide controlled environments for optimal plant growth. This infrastructure helps farmers enhance their productivity and quality of produce. Additionally, the programme includes the distribution of suitable agricultural implements for hill agriculture and the provision of organic inputs, training, research, and support.
One of the key components of ShiNE is the establishment of an advanced precision farming and horticulture research centre. This centre will offer modern, research-based support and advisory services to farmers free of charge.
Unlocking Potential with Public-Private Partnership
Local Empowerment through Livelihood Business Incubators
At the cluster level, the programme is implemented through Livelihood Business Incubators (LBI) operated by local implementation partners. These LBIs provide comprehensive support to farmers, including training, handholding, equipment, infrastructure, advisory services, and more.
The programme aims to develop a robust infrastructure for horticulture research, development, processing, and marketing. It also offers various training programmes covering modern horticulture techniques, entrepreneurship, digitization, marketing, and related areas.
LBI will be responsible for developing the chapter plan, including
- Conducting training and skill development programs
- Providing agricultural implements for smooth and easy farming practices
- Providing bamboo polyhouses to farmers with drip irrigation systems.
- LBI would also conduct capacity-building programs to help farmers choose horticulture crops for better yield and income.
- LBI would provide seeds, organic fertilizer, and manures to farmers in order to increase the yield and quality of the produce.
- LBI also aims to establish High-Density Plantation facilities for farmer-producer organisations (FPOs) with a trellis support system and drip irrigation system. LBI would also provide farmers with rootstocks for the desired crop.
- LBI would also support farmers, FPOs, and clusters by providing them with various support services such as finance, product design, legal help, product registration, certifications, trademark registration, etc.
In other words, LBI would provide hand-holding support to the farmers.
ShiNE is designed based on extensive research, experience, and consultations with all stakeholders. Its scalable nature allows for efficient implementation through a cluster approach. The programme ensures the seamless linkage of all its components through a common stakeholder partner, strengthening backward and forward linkages within the horticulture value chain. By addressing the complete rural ecosystem and establishing lasting horticulture and processing infrastructure, the programme aims to increase income and employment opportunities for the farmers in the North East Region.