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

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Doubling Farmer's Income in Himachal Pradesh

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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COVID-19 Update: 26 More Test Positive in 4 Districts, 70 in 3 Days, State Tally Rise to 273

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Himachal Pradesh daily COVID-19 data for may 27

Shimla: New COVID-19 cases continue to spiral in Himachal Pradesh. According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s daily COVID-19 bulletin released on May 27 (9:00 PM), 26 persons were tested positive in four districts of the State. Of these, 15 cases were reported from Hamirpur,  seven from Bilaspur, three from Kangra, and one from Una district. In the last three days, the State has reported 70 cases, which is alarming. 

In Hamirpur, five persons hailed from Badsar area, three from Naduan, six from Hamirpur and one from Bhoranj. The majority of them have recently returned from Maharashtra.

Total for Hamirpur district has reached 73 – highest in the State, followed by Kangra with 65 cases.

In Bilaspur, two persons were said to be bus and cab drivers. Details of other patients from the district were awaited.

In Kangra, three persons who tested positive were identified as a 29-year-old resident of Fatehpur, a 30-year-old from Khaniyara, and a resident of Palampur. These people had returned from Delhi and Gurugram recently.

In Una, a person who had returned from Delhi with his family was tested positive.  

Most of the person who tested positive were under institutional quarantine except for three persons in Kuther of Bilaspur district who were home-quarantined.  

Refer to the below-given table for more details on district-wise COVID-19 data:

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till May 27, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh District wise Covid-19 data till 27 May

The number of total confirmed positive cases in Himachal has risen to 273, of which 198 are active. So far, 66 patients have recovered, five died, and four migrated to outside the State for treatment.

Further, today 1480 samples were sent for testing, of which 912 tested negative and the reports of 560 persons were still awaited.

 

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COVID-19 Update: Himachal Reports 24 New Cases in 5 Districts, 44 in 2 Days

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Quarantine rules in himachal pradesh for returnees

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh didn’t receive any respite from growing COVID-19 positive cases on May 26 too. According to the State Health Ministry’s daily COVID-19 bulletin, on May 26 (till 9:00 PM), 24 more persons tested positive in five districts. Yesterday, the State had reported 20 cases including a 7-month-old baby.  

Hamirpur, the worst affected district in the State, reported highest 15 cases, taking the district’s COVID-19 tally to 78. Shimla and Kangra reported three cases each. Two tested positive in Chamba and one in Una district.  All patients in Hamirpur had returned from Thane in Maharashtra on May 24 and were under institutional quarantine. The Deputy Commissioner, Hamirpur, Harikesh Meena, confirmed the report. The patients would be shifted to COVID-19 care centres.

Shimla, which remained unaffected during three phases of the lockdown, reported three more cases including two from Chopal area and one from Rohru.  All three are returnees from Maharastra. The senior health official confirmed. Two of them were quarantined in Deha and one in a rest house in Rohru, which have been sealed.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till May 26, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh District wise Covid-19 data till 26 May

In Kangra, three members of a family – husband, wife, and their 7-year-old kid- tested positive. The family had returned from Gujrat on May 20. The DC, Kangra, Rakesh Prajapati, confirmed the report.

In Chamba district, two persons who had returned from Uttar Pradesh on May 20 in a cab, tested positive and were under institutional quarantine in Sarol.

According to the last official update from health ministry at 9:00 PM, the total has risen to 247, of which 175 are active. Of the total, 63 have recovered, five died, and four migrated outside the State. 

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Himachal Sold Retail Liquor Vends Worth Rs. 1180 Crores: Govt

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Sale of HP Excise Liquor vends in 2020

Shimla-Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation Sanjay Kundu on today informed that despite lockdown and recession in economy due to COVID-19 pandemic in the State, left out retail liquor vends of Shimla, Nurpur, Kangra and Sirmaur zones have been sold for Rs. 35.52 crore today.

Sanjay Kundu said that against a total retail liquor vend business of Rs. 1190 crore, the Excise and Taxation Department have been able to sell the business for Rs. 1180 crore in the State.

He said that except today’s auctions, rest of the business has been sold at full value. The liquor vends have been sold for the first time without negotiation on renewal tender cum auction basis.  Last year the retail liquor business was valued at Rs. 1085 crore and after negotiation, the price went down to Rs. 126 crore and net business was Rs. 959 crore, he informed. Against Rs. 959 crore last year, this year the business has been sold for Rs. 1180 crore, he said.

Principal Secretary said that the liquor vends of Shimla zone have been sold at Rs. 2.30 crore, of Nurpur for Rs. 6.03 crore, of Kangra for Rs. 4.80 crore and of Sirmaur for Rs. 22.39 crore. 

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