Ministry of Agriculture

Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, HORTICULTURE DIVISION

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F. No.11- 7/2009-Hort.IV. -- The National Committee on use of Plastics in Agriculture (NCPA) which was originally constituted in the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals in 1981 has been functioning in the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation since 1993. It was reconstituted in 1996. In order to make this committee more effective and to focus its endeavour in a coordinated manner for promoting the applications in Horticulture, NCPAH was reconstituted in 2001 as National Committee on Plasticulture Applications in Horticulture (NCPAH). Thereafter, NCPAH was last constituted on 01.06.2016 for a period of three years. It has been decided to reconstitute National Committee on Plasticulture Applications in Horticulture (NCPAH) (hereinafter referred as the Committee) under the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare.
The composition and Terms of Reference (TOR) of the committee are as under :-
1. Union Agriculture& Farmers Welfare Minister Chairman
2. Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare                 Vice-Chairman
3. Secretary (AC&FW), DAC&FW        Member
4. Secretary, Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals Member
5. Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) Member
6. Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Member
7. Secretary, M/o Panchayati Raj Member
8. Special Secy./Addl. Secretary, I/c of Horticulture, DAC&FW Member
9. Agriculture Commissioner, DAC&FW Member
10. Dy. Director General (Hort.), ICAR Member
11. Financial Advisor, DAC&FW Member
12. Principal Advisor (Agri.), Niti Aayog Member
13. Joint Secretary (MIDH), DAC&FW Member
14. MD (SFAC), New Delhi Member
15. Joint Secretary (RFS), DAC&FW Member
Representatives of four State Governments
16. Principal Secretary (Agri/Hort.), Govt. of Karnataka
17. Principal Secretary (Agri/Hort.), Govt. of Gujarat
18. Agriculture Production Commissioner, Govt. of Punjab Member
19. Pr. Secretary( Horticulture),Govt. of Uttarakhand Member
Representative of NABARD
20. Chief General Manager, NABARD, Mumbai
Representative of Bureau of Indian Standards
21. Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi Member
Member Secretary
22. Horticulture Commissioner  Member Secretary 
B. Terms of Reference
i To coordinate in promotion of horticulture / agriculture development through precision farming & use of plastics in agriculture (Plasticulture) with special reference to harnessing available natural resources such as water and sunlight in improving the productivity and quality of the produce.
ii To recommend suitable policy measures for promotion of hi-tech horticulture / agriculture through precision farming in the country.
iii To facilitate increased adoption of precision farming through production enhancing and water saving technologies viz. micro irrigation, protected cultivation, water harvesting structures, post-harvest management, etc.
iv To facilitate promotion of Research and Development and build data base in precision farming technologies.
v To suggest suitable strategies in development of quality standards for products used in Plasticulture and ensure proper adoption of such standards in the field.
vi To suggest ways and means for effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes such as MIDH, PMKSY (per drop more crop), RKVY, etc. in relation to Plasticulture components in these schemes.
vii To supervise and monitor effectively the performance of Precision Farming Development Centres (PFDCs) in particular and overall development of Precision Farming methods and hi-tech intervention in general in the country.
viii Any other matter connected with promotion of precision farming and Plasticulture in the country.
The term of NCPAH will be for a period of three years from the date of issue of the Resolution. The non- official members shall hold office during the pleasure of the Chairman. The committee shall meet as often as necessary but at least once in a year. The committee shall submit the report to the Government on annual basis.

The secretarial assistance required for the committee will continue to be provided by the Central Coordination cell of NCPAH consisting of personnel drawn from the erstwhile Indian Petrochemicals Ltd. or any other suitable agency. The Member Secretary will oversee the day to day activities and function as Chief Executive on the body.
The corresponding expenditure in respect of ex-officio member will be borne by their respective departments.
DR. B. N. S. MURTHY, Horticulture Commissioner