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Himachal becomes leader in organic farming, aims to develop 200 bio villages: Govt

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The State Government has announced attractive prizes for the farmers for excellent work in organic production. First, second and third prizes of Rs. 3 lakh, Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. one lakh respectively would be given to the farmers who will adopt organic farming.

Shimla – Himachal Pradesh Government said the State has obtained prolific results in the field of organic farming as a large number of farmers have come forward to adopt this method. As a result of which the off seasonal vegetable producing state has now become the leader of organic farming said the Government.

As per an agriculture survey, there is a scanty use of chemicals in the State i.e. 158 grams as against 381 gms per hectare average in the country.

The Government said it is the outcome of an ambitious project of Rs. 321 crore that is being implemented in State for diversification of agricultural activities. The scheme is implemented in five districts, Kangra, Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Mandi in collaboration with Japan International Co-operation Agency (JAICA).

An amount of Rs. 212 crore was spent under the scheme and provision of spending Rs. 80 crore was made for the current fiscal.

Nearly 22000 hectares of land was brought under organic farming and 40000 farmers were registered under the scheme.
The State has set a target of bringing 2000 hectare of additional land under organic farming besides developing 200 bio villages.

Prizes for farmers adopting organic farming

The State Government has announced attractive prizes for the farmers for excellent work in organic production. First, second and third prizes of Rs. 3 lakh, Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. one lakh respectively would be given to the farmers who will adopt organic farming.

Agriculture activities in the State have witnessed an enormous change with the efforts of Agriculture Department and Agriculture University Palampur, said Government. The University has established a separate Organic Farming Wing to provide direction and momentum to the campaign in the State.

‘Vermiculture’ is the key component in promoting organic farming and the State Government is providing special impetus on manufacturing vermi-compost in large scale.

As per the Government, the farmers are being provided 50 percent subsidy for installing vermi- compost unit. So far, 1.50 lakh such units have been established in the State.

Further, the Government aims installation of 20 thousand more such units for the current fiscal to ensure adequate availability of vermi-compost to the farmers.

State Government has fixed the norms for maintaining the quality of Vermicompost. For providing commercial dimension to this activity, commercial units of vermi-compost are being established in the State. So far, five Units for the production of Bio fertilizers have been established.

The farmers of Shimla, Solan, and Sirmour districts have already taken a lead in registration for organic farming and are taking a keen interest in producing vegetables, thereby supplementing the efforts of the State Government in popularizing organic farming.

In this row, Himachal was awarded the “Krishi Karmanya Awards” for two consecutive financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16 for excellent enhancement in the agriculture production, which is a matter of pride for the state, said the Government.

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MIS for processing grade mangoes approved, would open 34 fruit collection centres: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has given approval for implementation of the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for Mango procurement of processing grade mangoes in the State during the year 2018.

Under the scheme, 250 metric tonne fruit of seedling, 200 metric tonnes of grafted and 50 metric tonnes of unripe Achari varieties of mangoes will be procured at the rate of Rs. 6.00 per kg Rs. 7.00 per kg. and Rs. 6.00 per kg. respectively.

A Spokesman of the State Government today said that procurement would be done through HPMC and HIMFED in crates and these agencies would be allowed handling charges at Rs. 1.30 per kg. Like the previous year, average sale returns from the fruits have been assessed as Rs. 2000, Rs. 3000, Rs. 2000 per metric tonnes for fruits of seedling, grafted and unripe Achari mango varieties respectively.

He said that 34 fruit collection centres will be opened under the scheme for which HPMC and HIMFED would coordinate on the basis of procurement data for the last three to five years.

These centres would be opened by the procurement agencies in case of need and would be manned and operative by HPMC and HIMFED with their own staff.

Under the scheme, 2.5% extra fruit (by weight) will be procured from those farmers/orchardists who possess horticulture cards and who own ten bighas or less land under mango cultivation. As such, no fruit would be procured from the contractors.

He said that this scheme would be implemented in the State with immediate effect till August 15, 2018.

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Industrial units seeking expansion will have to employ 80% Himachalis: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government today said it has made amendments in the provisions of Rules regarding grant of incentives, concession, and facilities to the industrial units of the state.

As per the new notification of the State government, all existing industrial units (as on April 1, 2018) set up in the state which seek to undertake expansion will have to employ at least 80 percent bonafide Himachalis, informed a spokesperson of the Industries department.

The hiring could be undertaken on regular/contractual/Sub-contractual/daily basis or any other mode of employment including the persons hired through a contractor or through outsourcing agencies against the additional manpower which may be generated as a result of the substantial expansion, it was informed.

This condition would also apply to the new units to be established in the State after 1 April 2018.

Only those industries, which undertake substantial expansion, have to abide by this Rule. Hence, the existing industries, which are not going to undertake substantial expansion, are not bound by the amended/notified provision of this Rule.

He said there is no shortage of trained technical manpower in the State now, therefore, the condition of 80 percent employment of Himachalis has been incorporated in the Rules.

There are around 250 ITIs, 30 Polytechnics Institutes and around 40 Engineering Colleges and Universities in the State and thousands of technically qualified persons are completing their courses and coming out from these institutes in search of jobs.

New trades as per the demand of the industries are also being included in the courses of ITIs, Polytechnics and Engineering Colleges, the spokesperson said.

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Rs. 423 crore HP Mushroom Development project will help in women empowerment: Govt

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Shimla:
The Indian Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has approved Rs. 1131.87 crore projects for Himachal Pradesh.

These include Rs. 708.87 crore for Water Conservation Project for the Department of Irrigation and Public Health and Rs. 423 crore Himachal Pradesh Integrated Mushroom Development project for the Department of Horticulture.

As per the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, an Rs. 423 crore integrated mushroom development project would help to double the income of farmers and provide employment and self-employment opportunities to youth.

The government also expects the project would boost mushroom cultivation in the State. All varieties of mushroom would be cultivated under the project besides importing technical knowledge for cultivating mushroom, which would give a fillip in increasing the income of the farmers, said the government.

The Chief Minister said that this project would also provide an opportunity to the growers of the state to diversify their farming pattern and go for viable and profitable farming avocation.

The mushroom cultivation would also help in women empowerment as more and more women would be motivated to go for mushroom cultivation for increasing their income, thereby making them self-dependent since mushroom cultivation is an indoor activity.

He said the demand for mushrooms is increasing within the state as well as outside the state including export, and it offers better prospects for enterprising growers to take up cultivation on large scale. He announced that modern infrastructure will be developed under the proposed project for controlled cultivation of mushroom round the year.

Further, it was informed that the first phase of the Rs. 4751.24 crore water conservation project worth Rs 708.87 crore will include construction of check dams, ponds, Kuhl’s and other water harvesting structures.

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