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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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Himachal Pradesh Aiming to Achieve 100% Transition to Electric Vehicles by 2030

Baldi said that the vision of the policy was to establish Himachal as a model state for electric vehicle adoption and to provide sustainable

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A meeting to frame the draft for the Himachal Pradesh Electric Vehicle Policy 2019 was held here, chaired by Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi. Pixabay

Himachal Pradesh is aiming to achieve 100 per cent transition to electric vehicles by 2030 in alignment with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, an official said on Wednesday.

A meeting to frame the draft for the Himachal Pradesh Electric Vehicle Policy 2019 was held here, chaired by Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi.

Baldi said that the vision of the policy was to establish Himachal as a model state for electric vehicle adoption and to provide sustainable, safe, eco-friendly, inclusive and integrated mobility.

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Himachal Pradesh is aiming to achieve 100 per cent transition to electric vehicles by 2030 in alignment with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, an official said on Wednesday. Pixabay

The policy aimed to save the environment, accelerate demand for electrical vehicles, promote a sustainable transport system and create a public-private charging infrastructure, he added.

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The Chief Secretary said that a provision for charging spots in commercial buildings such as hotels and shopping malls has also been included in the policy. (IANS)