FAQ NHM
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, GOVERNMENT OF BIHAR
National Horticulture Mission
Question :

Are all crops eligible for assistance under National Horticulture Mission (NHM)?

Answer   :
Yes, all crops except coconut are covered under NHM. Coconut Development Board is implementing schemes for the development of coconut in the country.
Question :
What is the Cluster?
Answer   :
A Cluster, as contemplated in the NHM, comprise area of not less than 100 hectares under a Horticulture crop.
Question :
Whom should a farmer contact for availing assistance under the NHM?
Answer   :
The NHM is being implemented by the State Horticulture Mission of which the Mission Director is responsible for coordinating the programme. At the district level, the District level Committee is responsible for implementing the programme. The District Horticulture officer is the Member Secretary of the DLC, who may be contacted for availing the assistance.
Question :
Will assistance be available for irrigation under the NHM?
Answer   :
Assistance will be available for creating water sources under NHM. This assistance is available only to community based projects/ Panchayati Raj Institutions/ Farmer Groups.
Question :
Can a farmer get assistance for cultivating two or more crops?
Answer   :
The Mission envisages a cluster approach for the holistic development of crop in the particular cluster. Hence the farmer is expected to get assistance for the main crop.
Question :
Can a beneficiary avail assistance from the NHB as well as NHM for Post Harvest Management related activities?
Answer   :
Assistance for the same component like storage, pack houses etc could be
availed only from one source.
Question :
What is credit linked back ended subsidy and how is it administered.
Answer   :

Assistance for a number of components under NHM, particularly for the private sector involving infrastructure development such on nurseries, establishment of lab & clincs, post harvest management and marketing is in the form of credit linked back ended subsidy. It impies that the beneficiary has to avail loan from the Nationalised Banks / Financial Institution (FI) such as NABARD, IDBI, SIDBI, ICICI, State Financial Corporations, State Industrial Development Corporations, NBFCs, NEDFI, National SCST/ minorities/ Backward- Classes Financial and Development Corporation, other designated loaning institutions of the State / Uts. Commercial/ Cooperative Banks, etc.

Concerned banks/ State FIs may adhere to their own appraisal norms while sanctioning projects under the scheme. The appraisal note submitted to SHM for sanction/ Claim of subsidy should invariably be the same which formed the basis for sanction of term loan.

The project should be implemented within a period of two years from the date of sanction of loan. The payment of back-ended subsidy will be made after the project has been successfully completed according to the terms and conditions of the loan/or as per the approved feasibility cum project report, as the case may be.

Upon completion of the project, the concerned Bank/FI/would inform SHM that the project had been completed (in accordance with) the guidelines of NHM and shall make a request to SHM for joint inspection of project the point inspection will be conducted in the presence of promoter. The payment of back ended subsidy will be made after project has been successfully completed according to the terms and conditions of the loan or as per the approved feasibility-cum-project report, as one case may be.

Bank /FI/NCDC as the case may be, would submit to SHM the Utilization Certificate of the subsidy released by SHM.

The subsidy assistance released by SHM to Bank/FI on behalf of the individual units which are sanctioned, will be kept in the separate account. The adjustment of subsidy will be on the pattern of back-ended subsidy wherein the full project cost including the subsidy amount but excluding the margin money contribution from beneficiary would be disbursed as loan by the banks. The repayment schedule will be drawn on the loan amount in such a way that the subsidy amount is adjusted after the bank loan portion (excluding subsidy) is liquidated. The subsidy admissible to the borrower under the scheme will be kept in the Subsidy Reserve Fund A/c – borrower –wise in the books of the financing Banks. No interest will be applied on subsidy portion by the Bank. The balance lying to the credit of the Subsidy
Reserve Fund A/c will not form part of Demand and Time Liabilities for the purpose of SLR/CRR. Suitable instructions issued in this regard by the RBI from time to time would be followed.