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Himachal preparing India’s first Climate-Smart Agriculture profile

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Solan: As part of its effort to prepare the first state-level Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) profile in India and to mainstream climate resilience into the agriculture sector, a broad consultation workshop was held at the Nauni based Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry.

The World Bank supported Integrated Development Project (IDP) of the Himachal Pradesh’s government and CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in collaboration with UHF’s Department of Environmental Science and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) organized the workshop.

The experts from state departments of Forests, Horticulture, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Environment, Science and Technology and scientists from UHF Nauni took part in the workshop.

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The workshop aimed to leverage the understanding of the participants on climate change and develop a shared vision for scaling up CSA. The results of this discussion will inform future work on CSA in the state by identifying the key institutions supporting CSA, and the most appropriate technology packages for different zones across the state.

Dr Renu Saizal, Assistant Conservator of Forests welcomed the guests and gave a brief background of the IDP and the CGIAR. In his address, Dr Pramod Aggarwal, Regional Programme Leader of the CCAFS informed that they had collaborated with the World Bank to prepare CSA profiles of 20 countries and Himachal Pradesh was the first state in India where such a profile is being prepared.

Himachal was chosen because it is a fairly progressive state with rich experience and depth in data through ongoing projects, which needs to be analyzed. Globally, climatic issues are becoming more serious and Himachal Pradesh is no exception as it is bound to witness almost all aspects of climate change. It is now all the more imperative that what we do today should not become a maladaptation for tomorrow and therefore prepare an action plan for the state to address current and future climatic challenges,

said Dr Aggarwal.

The workshop was divided into two sessions. The first session was on the technologies, which can be implemented in the state, and the second focused on the institutions and policies.

The workshop was a participatory process through which we want to learn what the state was doing. An analysis of the feedback will be undertaken and the final report will be presented during a dissemination workshop. The report will lead to an investment plan and help to formulate the policy of the state,

added Dr Aggarwal.

Addressing the gathering Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said,

Himachal is very sensitive to climate change and this is a reality that cannot be ignored. Climate variability will lead to a shift in cropping patterns and it is important to identify crops, cultivars and animal breeds that can withstand drought stress.

He advocated for a stronger policy for public transport and the planned expansion of roads through maximum use of tunnels and pillars, which do not disturb the natural vegetation and water movement along the mountain slopes. Special focus must be given on water harvesting systems in homes to recharge groundwater, along with the promotion of precision farming techniques that maximize water use efficiency.
WOrkshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture profile

Dr SK Bhardwaj, Head UHF’s Department of Environmental Science explained the climatic scenario of the state. Calling for a collective effort on adaptation and mitigation of climate change, he said that state is experiencing warmer winters and snowfall has squeezed to January- Feburary months in place of November to February. He added that the tree line has also shifted upward and pointed out that the rainfall has become highly variable thereby causing frequent droughts and flash floods affecting crop productivity and leading to loss of property of the state.

Dr Bhardwaj lauded the efforts of the farmers to adapt to changing climate by growing alternative crops like kiwi, pomegranate and vegetables in place of apple, Kullu being the best example of the practice.

Several topics like irrigation, pasture management, agri-technology, weather-based crop insurance schemes and pollution from agricultural activities were also taken up during the workshop.

About the Climate-Smart Agriculture profile

This project builds on the Himachal’ investments in integrated watershed development and will support the government to identify and scale up adoption of the most appropriate CSA practices that increase farmers’ ability to adapt to climate change.

The objective is to support the Government of Himachal Pradesh to identify locally-relevant climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices; understand the policy and institutional barriers to broader adoption of CSA practices; and identify appropriate technology solutions for monitoring the adoption of CSA practices and their impacts on climate adaptation and mitigation, including water use efficiency and water flow regulation.

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Stray Cattle Menace in Himachal: After Two Deaths, a 12-Year-Old Critically Injured in Bull Attack in Mandi

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Shimla- Stray cattle menace in Himachal Pradesh is reaching an alarming level as the population of abandoned animals continues to grow on roads. After an elderly succumbed to his injuries sustained in an attack by a bull in Mandi district on November 5, 2019, now a 12-year-old landed in hospital with critical injuries in Dran area.

In September 2019, an elderly man had died in Bilaspur district after a bull attacked him.  This makes it the third such attack during the last three months.

As per the report, a 12-year-old Kushal Kumar was on his way to school on Wednesday morning when a bull attacked him in Batheri village of Drang Vidhan Sabha constituency. Hearing the screams of the child, some people rescued him. However, the child sustained critical injuries on his face and eyes.

He was rushed to a hospital in Kautola area. After initial treatment, the boy was referred to the Zonal Hospital Mandi, from where he was referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.

His uncle informed that Kushal is a student of VII class in Batheri school and his parents are farmers.

His uncle has urged the district administration to send such stray cattle to shelters for the safety of the people, especially elderly and children.

While the government brags about being serious to constructing cow-shelters, the number of stray cattle doesn’t seem to have gone down in reality.

The government claims that it also established ‘Gau Seva Aayog’ on March 1, 2019. Also, the government had been collecting 15 percent of the income of temple trusts and Rs 1 Gauvansh cess on sale as per bottle of liquor, from which the amount of Rs. 7.95 crore has been collected in Aayogs account

The lackadaisical attitude of the district administrations and police towards taking effective measures to control stray cattle menace is now resulting in deaths and injuries in attacks by these animals.

Despite State High Court’s orders passed in 2014 to tag cattle to make it easier to trace back the owner who abandoned them, there is hardly any execution. Otherwise, it would have been possible to take legal action against people to deter them from simply abandoning cattle. 

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Sample of 13 More Drugs Manufactured in Himachal Fail CDSCO Test

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Drugs manufactured in Himachal Pradesh Fail Test

Shimla- Thirteen more drugs manufactured in Himachal Pradesh-based pharmaceutical companies have failed the Central Drugs Standards Control Organization test for quality and standard.

During the last 10 months, over 300 drugs in India were declared sub-standard after testing, and 90 of these were manufactured in Himachal Pradesh. It indicates that pharmaceutical companies are playing with the health of the people by consistently manufacturing sub-standard stocks.

Though the Health Minister Vipin Parmar claimed that companies manufacturing these drugs would be black-listed, it’s to be seen if any action is taken in reality or not.  

The CDSCO has tested a total of 1163 samples for October month. After the testing, CDSCO issued an alert for a total of 36 drugs in India that failed the test. Out of these 36, 13 drugs were found to be manufactured in Himachal Pradesh.

The Details of Drugs That Failed Test and Manufactures


Nine of these drugs were manufactured in India’s pharmaceutical hub Baddi in Solan district, two in Kangra, one in Una and one in Sirmaur. These drugs include medicines for heart, blood pressure, anti-biotic, allergy, calcium, diabetes etc.

As per the CDSCO’s directions, all drugs manufactured in such batches would be withdrawn from the market.

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Heavy Rain, Snow in Himachal, Yellow Alert Issued for Nov 15

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Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department has predicted rain and snow from 14 to 16 November 2019. While rain at isolated places is predicted in middle and high hills on November 14, the Met has predicted heavy rain in low and middle hills and heavy snowfall in higher hills.

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A yellow alert has been issued for November 15 in five districts -Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Lahaul-Spiti.

The weather is predicted to be dry thereafter.  

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