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If Properly Trapped, Fruit and off-Season Vegetable Production Can Double Farmers’ Income in Himachal: Scientists

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Solan: A three-day ‘National Seminar on Doubling Income through Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (DISHA)’ commenced today at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni. The seminar is being jointly organized by the Society for Advancement of Human and Nature (SADHNA), Solan and UHF Nauni with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla as technical collaborators of the event.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Guest Dr SK Chakrabarti, Director CPRI Shimla called for the sincere involvement of all stakeholders to achieve the goal set for doubling farmers income and the need for developing sustainable means of agriculture.
Dr Chakrabarti said,

“There is a huge gap in the area of post-production management of the crop which can help to minimize the losses and maximize the profits. A proper strategy should be prepared to improve the extension technology and service through which the latest technology and know-how can be passed on the farmers.”

He added that even though the country has become self-sufficient in producing food but more efforts were needed to ensure that the farmers get adequate remuneration for their produce.

Dr JN Sharma, Director Research of the university, explained the general scenario of the agricultural sector in the country. He explained how the income in all sectors had seen a significant increase since independence but the increase in the agricultural sector was very less as compared to other fields. Explaining the importance of post-harvest technology, Dr Sharma said that on an average, 20-25 per cent of the agricultural produce is lost due to the gap in the post-harvest technology.

Stressing on the need for greater R&D in the sector, Dr Sharma said that there was great scope for diversification and increasing crop intensity.

The experts were of the view that the strength of Himachal was the production of fruit and off-season vegetables which is sent to every part of the country. If this area is properly tapped the goal of doubling farmers’ income in the state can be achieved or even surpassed.

Earlier, Chairman of the Seminar and Dean College of Horticulture Dr Rakesh Gupta gave a background about SADHNA and the activities carried out by the society. He informed that the seminar aims to put the focus on the sustainable enhancement of productivity and economics of agriculture. He added that through various technical sessions, it will lay emphasis on the socio-economic issues related to agriculture, the livelihood of the peasantry, resource-use efficiency, abiotic and biotic stress factors, ethnic knowledge, climate change and global warming and sustainable management. The souvenir of the seminar was also released on the occasion.

The annual SADHNA research awards in various categories were also presented to researchers during the event.

During the next two days scientists and experts will share their research under the following thematic areas: Intensification and Diversification in Agriculture for Higher Income, Integrated Production and Protection of Crops, Organic Agriculture, Forest and Natural Resource Management, Post-harvest Management, Processing and Marketing of Produce, Animal Husbandry, Fishery and Wildlife Management, Rural Sociology and Economy and Extension and Support Services.

Over 200 scientists and experts from across the country including Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal and the northeastern region of the country, Dr PK Mahajan, Dean College of Forestry, Dr YC Gupta, Dean College of Horticulture Thunag, HM Verma, Comptroller, Dr JK Dubey, Editor IJFS and Heads of Department and scientists also attended the event.

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Senior Citizen Day Care Centres in Himachal to be Established in Shimla, Mandi, Dharamshala

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Shimla- Senior Citizen Day Care centres in Himachal Pradesh would be established in three districts, the state government informed today.

National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh is organising The World Senior Citizen’s Day on 21st August, at New MC Building, Upper Chowk, Khalini Shimla.

A spokesperson said that on this occasion National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Help Age India Himachal Chapter will be establishing three Day Care Centres for elderly at Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.  He said that in these centres various activities like physiotherapy, library,(books, magazines and newspapers), recreation/pilgrimage tours, yoga, health checkup and awareness camps and other recreational services (TV, music, carom board, chess, ludo and cards etc) will be provided free of cost.

The decision came after a petition was filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court by Advocate Vandana Misra in June 2019. The petition had made several revelations regarding minimum or no facilities being provided to senior citizens. It was alleged in the petition that all these facilities existed only in papers.

After hearing the petition, the State High Court had directed the state government to furnish the details of all the Government-run or private old age homes as well as the information, in a tabulated form, of all the cases filed by the senior citizens before the Deputy Commissioners seeking one or the other relief under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The case is listed for June 11, 2019. 

As per the 2011 census, Himachal has a population of seven lakh who are aged 60 years and above – 10.2% of the state’s total population. This percentage is higher than the national average of 8.6%.

The highest elderly population in the state was mapped in Hamirpur district at 12.8%, followed by Bilaspur at 11.09%, Kangra at 11.7%, and Una at 11.5%. Solan and Sirmaur have the lowest population of elderly persons at 8%.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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