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Fourfold Increase in Himachal Farmers’ Income with Crop Diversification Project

The study on the project's first phase (2011-18) was carried out by the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management

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To accomplish this goal, it is important to overcome constraints like shortage of irrigation facilities, farm roads and insufficient marketing facilities, it added. Pixabay

A Japanese-funded crop diversification project in Himachal Pradesh had led a significant increase in average net farm income as a fourfold increase in income of participating farmers, as per a study, officials said on Sunday.

Funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Rs 321 crore Himachal Pradesh Crop Diversification Promotion Project is being implemented in the hill state’s Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi and Una districts.

The study on the project’s first phase (2011-18) was carried out by the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management. The project, with the targeted outcome to improve the socio-economic status of the farmers, also aims to develop infrastructure such as irrigation facilities and farm access roads while providing technical training to the farmers on vegetable cultivation, food grain cultivation and post-harvesting technology.

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The project, with the targeted outcome to improve the socio-economic status of the farmers, also aims to develop infrastructure such as irrigation facilities and farm access roads. Pixabay

Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Onkar Sharma said after the success of the first phase, the project has been extended till 2020. He said the Central government has given in principle approval to Phase-II with an outlay of Rs 1,104 crore and it would be implemented in all 12 districts of the state. This project has been sent to JICA for fund approval.

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Implementation of the project in five districts has witnessed a considerable shift in the area from cereals to vegetables after irrigation facility was provided through this project, said Sharma citing the report.

In order to boost agricultural development and enhance farm income, it is important to increase productivity of the existing cultivated area, through shifting from self-subsistence cultivation to diversified agriculture, by adopting cash crops such as vegetables suitable in hilly and highland areas, it said. To accomplish this goal, it is important to overcome constraints like shortage of irrigation facilities, farm roads and insufficient marketing facilities, it added. (IANS)

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Visit Himachal Pradesh to Bask in the Warmth of Mellow Sunshine!

Chandigarh's meteorological department said dense to very dense fog would likely to continue at a few places in Punjab and Haryana till Wednesday

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Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is one of the lesser known travel destinations in india. Wikimedia Commons
Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is one of the lesser known trekking destinations in India. Wikimedia Commons

The weather is ‘cosy’ these days in hills of Himachal Pradesh compared to the Northern plains where dense fog is screening out the sun.

The hilly state is receiving regular sunshines and for a longer duration.

The weather in picturesque tourist resorts of Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Kasauli, Chail, Dharamsala, Palampur and Manali is ‘warm’ and perfect for a break from the biting chill of the plains where the sun has largely been fogged out.

“What a mellow sunshine is in Shimla,” remarked Kriti Aggarwal, a tourist from Delhi.

She said it was a great relief from the prevailing fog that did not allow sun rays to penetrate over ground levels.

Her friend Kanika Gupta added: “For hours, we relaxing and basking under the sun. Even nights are cosy here compared to the plains.”

Manmohan Singh, director of Shimla’s meteorological department, told IANS on Monday that most of the hill destinations have a pleasant weather owing to long sunny days compared to the plains.

“The maximum temperature in the hills is two-three degrees below average but due to prevailing sunny days the temperature will see rise and will be normal in a day or two,” he said.

According to him, dry weather would largely prevail in the state till December 31, ruling out the possibility of snow and rain across the state.

Himachal, the most wanted place to visit for New Year
Himachal, the most wanted place to visit for New Year. Wikimedia Commons

The humidity level over 80 per cent causes fog. In the the hills it’s around 50 per cent currently, compared to 80 per cent in the hills.

In Shimla, located around 7,000 feet above sea level, the maximum temperature on Sunday was 13.8 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was 3.6 degrees on Monday.

The night temperature in Dharamsala was 2.6 degrees Celsius, whereas popular tourist resort Manali saw a low of minus three degrees.

At 14.3 degrees below freezing point, Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest in the state. Kalpa, some 250 km from the state capital, saw a low of minus 2.9 degrees Celsius.

In Chandigarh, the maximum temperature was 0.6 degree Celsius less than Shimla’s on Sunday, with the minimum hovering around 9 degrees Celsius.

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The Met office in Chandigarh predicted foggy conditions to continue in the city till Wednesday.

The prevailing maximum temperature in Chandigarh is six to seven degrees below season’s average due cloudy and shallow fog.

Chandigarh’s meteorological department said dense to very dense fog would likely to continue at a few places in Punjab and Haryana till Wednesday. (IANS)