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Himachal Fruit production to cross 10.38 Mt tonnes in 2019

Free training, subsidised pesticides and fruit plants being supplied to benefit growers

To combat incidence of pests and diseases in fruit crops, 349.90 MT pesticides involving Rs. 5.21 crore subsidy have been supplied to the farmers of State.

Himachal Pradesh  has over 2.30 lakh hectare area under horticulture out of which 8446.93 hectare  area was  added  during the regime of present Jai Ram  Thakur government .

Fruit production has been increased to 10.38 lakh MT in 2019 and Horticulture generates a busiess of   Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 crore  and has given direct and indirect employment to over nine lac people. The state government has distributed over 30.37 lakh fruit plants to the apple farmers recently.

While an aea measuring 83,677 SM area  has been covered under green houses , 9,44,215 SM area has been brought under Anti-Hail Nets under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) .

Fruit Growers getting additional attention 

To promote the mechanization of horticulture activities, subsidy has been provided for 3,049 power operated equipments and construction of 198 water collection tanks for the benefits of farmers in the state during the present government.

To combat incidence of pests and diseases in fruit crops, 349.90 MT pesticides involving Rs. 5.21 crore subsidy have been supplied to the farmers of State.

During the year 2018-19, about 3,76,500 lakh fruit plants of Apple, Pear and Walnut worth 25 lakh were imported and 16,312 plants of Mango, Litchi, Guava and Citrus worth 9 lakh have been procured from other States to distribute amongst farmer.

New Procurement Centres opened 

To ensure remunerative prices of produce to growers, 371 Procurement centers were opened for apple, mango and citrus fruits and 27,348.91 MT fruit worth Rs.2064.74 lakh has been bought from farmers under Market Intervention Scheme and 1,33,333 plastic crates were also procured to distribute among the farmers for categorization and marketing of fruits during the present government.

Rs. 3.50 crore has been approved for the various developmental activities in horticulture sector during the present government Under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY).

To promote the mechanization of horticulture activities, 196 machines operated Knapsack Sprayers and 1500 manually operated horticulture machines have been provided to the farmers under this programme.

Help pours in during when Natural Calamities hit the growers 

Total 1,61,524 farmers have been covered under the Restructured-Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWBCIS) implemented during the year 2017-18. This scheme is being implemented in 110 Blocks for Apple, Mango, Citrus, Plum and Peach. As many as 70,104 horticulturists of affected areas were provided insurance amount of Rs. 49.94 crore out of which Rs. 18.89 crore were given by the State government.

The natural calamities are causing huge losses to the fruit crops in the State every year. There were losses due to heavy snowfall, hail and heavy rains during this period. State Government has released a sum of Rs. 2.7 crore under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF)/Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) to the Horticulture Department.

Free Crop Advisory Services to Fruit Growers 

State Government is providing free advisory services to the fruit growers of the State to inform them about the nutritional status of their orchards. Under this service, 20,000 leaf samples are analyzed every year.

In order to increase productivity, profitability and market access of selected horticulture commodities in Himachal Pradesh, World Bank aided Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Development Project of Rs. 1134 Crore is being implemented in the State since 2016-17.

Horticulture training to boost farming knowledge 

As many as 90,734 horticulturists were given training through personal contact, training camps, seminars and training tours. Under the project, 58 officers have been trained outside the State to upgrade their knowledge in the field of horticulture. Beside this, international experts from the New Zealand also imparted training to 320 horticulture officers and 501 farmers in the State during the present government.

State Government has launched m-kisan programme for the benefit of the farming community of the State and so far 7,68,774 farmers have been registered under this scheme during the present government to solve their farming problems being encountered for production of healthy fruit crop.

Beside this, Asian Development Bank aided Rs. 1688 Crore project for development of Subtropical Fruits has been proposed for implementation in the State. These efforts certainly will go a long way in boosting the horticulture activities throughout the State and also help in doubling the income of the farmers in the State.

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