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Himachal’s Annual Horticulture Income is Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 crores: HP Govt

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Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Income

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh’s annual income from Horticulture is approximately Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 crores, the state government informed on September 1, 2019.

At present, 2.30 lakh hectare area is under horticulture. Fruit production has been increased to 10.38 lakh MT in 2019. About 9 lakh people are involved in horticulture activities for their livelihood. More than 30.37 lakh fruit plants have been distributed among farmers of the State and approximately 8446.93-hectare additional area was brought under horticulture in the state during the present government, it was informed.

An area of 83,677 sq. m. has been covered under greenhouse and 9,44,215 sq. m. area has been covered under Anti-Hail Nets under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) in the State. A subsidy has been provided for 3,049 power-operated equipment and construction of 198 water collection tanks for the benefits of farmers in the state, the government said.

About 349.90 MT pesticides involving Rs. 5.21 crore subsidy has been supplied to the farmers of State. About 371 Procurement centres were opened for apple, mango and citrus fruits and 27,348.91 MT fruit worth Rs.2064.74 lakh has been bought from farmers under Market Intervention Scheme and 1,33,333 plastic crates were also procured to distribute among the farmers for categorization and marketing of fruit, the government informed.

Under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), Rs. 3.50 crore has been approved for the various developmental activities in the horticulture sector. About 196 machines operated Knapsack Sprayers and 1500 manually operated horticulture machines have been provided to the farmers under this programme, the government said.

Total 1,61,524 farmers have been covered under the Restructured-Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWBCIS) implemented during the year 2017-18. This scheme is being implemented in 110 Blocks for Apple, Mango, Citrus, Plum and Peach. As many as 70,104 horticulturists of affected areas were provided insurance amount of Rs. 49.94 crore out of which Rs. 18.89 crores were given by the State government, it was informed.
There were losses due to heavy snowfall, hail and heavy rains during this period. State Government has released a sum of Rs. 2.7 crore under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF)/Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) to the Horticulture Department.

State Government is providing free advisory services to the fruit growers of the State to inform them about the nutritional status of their orchards. Under this service, 20,000 leaf samples are analyzed every year.

World Bank aided Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Development Project of Rs. 1134 Crore is being implemented in the State since the 2016-17. During the year 2018-19, about 3,76,500 lakh fruit plants of Apple, Pear and Walnut worth 25 lakh were imported and 16,312 plants of Mango, Litchi, Guava and Citrus worth 9 lakh have been procured from other States to distribute amongst farmer, the government informed.

As many as 90,734 horticulturists were given training through personal contact, training camps, seminars and training tours. Under the project, 58 officers have been trained outside the State to upgrade their knowledge in the field of horticulture. Besides this, international experts from New Zealand also imparted training to 320 horticulture officers and 501 farmers in the State during the present government.

State Government has launched m-Kisan programme for the benefit of the farming community of the State and, so far, 7,68,774 farmers have been registered under this scheme during the present government.

Besides this, the Asian Development Bank aided Rs. 1688 Crore project for the development of Subtropical Fruits has been proposed for implementation in the State, the government said.

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COVID-19: Himachal Crosses 200 Mark as 18 More Test Positive  

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COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh on may 24

Shimla– On Sunday, Himachal Pradesh reported 18 new COVID-19 positive cases from different districts. According to the official statistics released by the health department on May 24, 2020, the total for the State had risen to 203 from yesterday’s 185.

Una district reported six cases including a home-guard personal was also tested positive. They had recently returned from Mumbai and Delhi.

Kangra reported two cases from Panchrukhi area, while Chamba, Bilaspur, Solan and Mandi reported one case each. Hamirpur reported two cases.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases Till May 24, 2020 (9:00 PM)

HP District wise cases on May 24, 2020

In Mandi, a 19-year-old girl was tested positive. She had returned from Mumbai and was under institutional quarantine in Sandhol.

The person tested positive in Chamba has also returned from Mumbai.

Details of some of the patients were not available.

Further, four people have recovered. As of now, the State has 137 active cases. 

Daily COVID-19 Data of Himachal Pradesh on may 24

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News of Sealing Himachal’s Borders from May 31st  Fake, Movement of People to Continue: Govt

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Fake News of sealing of Himachal borders from may 31

Shimla- A news item is being circulated in the social media claiming that borders of the Himachal Pradesh would be sealed from 31st May 2020 and the people coming from other parts of the country would be kept in institutional quarantine at borders.

Some of the mainstream media has also been mentioning that the Chief Minister has hinted at sealing State borders from May 31st, which caused panic and unrest among people stranded in other states. In a haste, they began to arrange transportation before May 31st.

However, it’s just a fake news. An official spokesman of the state government confirmed today that this news is false, fabricated and devoid of facts.

The Spokesman said that there will be no sealing of borders of the State and movement of the people would continue but passes will be required as per current practice for all inter-state movement of persons and vehicles.

The state government has urged the people not to trust such fake news and there is no need for panic as the State has no such plans.

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Barber Shops/Saloons in Shimla Allowed to Open, List of Several Mandatory Conditions Issued With Strict Directions

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Guidelines for Barbaer shops in Himachal Pradesh 2

Shimla-As a relief to barbers and saloons in Himachal Pradesh, the State Cabinet on May 23 decided to allow them to open from Monday onwards on several conditions. In this regard, the District Administration, Shimla, has already issued several mandatory guidelines under the Section 34 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which the staff at barber shops/saloons would have to follow while providing service to customers.  Any violation of these guidelines would be punishable as per the laws.  Also, training was given to over 150 stylists/barbers in the district on what to do and what not during delivering services.

First of all, shops/salons would have to give an undertaking to the DC stating that they do not have any flu-like symptoms, have no travel history during the last 14 days, and did not come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

The hair-dressers would be allowed to give a hair cut only. Shaving, threading, etc. would not be permitted.

Every service provider will have to register each and every customer in a format provided by the District Administration. The staff will have to obtain information regarding every customer including name, age, gender, address, mobile number, and status of installation of Arogya Setu app, symptoms of flu with the date and registration number.

Customers with cough, fever or symptoms of breathing problems won’t be allowed to avail services of astylist/barber. Similarly, the staff showing the same symptoms is not allowed to provide service.

While it would be mandatory for a customer to wear a triple-layered mask, the stylist/barber would have to wear disposable cap and gloves in addition to a triple-layered mask.

Hand sanitizer containing at least 70 percent alcohol should be available at shops/saloons and hands of every customer would have to be sanitized on entry.  

Barbers/stylist can only use disposable towel/gowns or apron, and gloves. They would have to discard them after use and wear new ones. Staff would have to open the packaging of a new apron in the presence of a customer.

After serving a customer, the shops/saloons would have to sanitize every tool/device used and door handles, service counter, chairs, railings and everything that comes in contact with a customer. They will have to wipe floors twice in day–in the morning and evening-with a sanitizer containing at least one percent sodium hydrochloride or lizol. After using them every time, tools must be first washed and then sanitized with a sanitizer containing 70 percent alcohol.  

Staff can’t use tools/devices like hairdryer trimmer etc. which can’t be washed and sanitized.

The staff has been asked to refrain from walk-in service to prevent gathering to ensure social distancing. The customers will have to book an appointment online or telepathically. The owners would have to display phone/WhatsApp numbers outside their shops/saloons.

Only one customer would be allowed to enter at a time unless there are six or more chairs in a saloon.

There would be no waiting area and magazines, newspapers or other reading material. The staff has been directed to keep the conversation with customers to the minimum. Also, they can only converse while looking in the mirror and not directly.

Further, barbers/stylists would have to stick to the rate list with fixed charges for a service.

Further, the officials of the district administration have been asked to monitor the functioning of such shops/saloons and file a report daily. It is to be seen as to how the district administration makes barbers/saloons follow this long list of mandatory conditions. 

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