15000 orchardist families to benefit under HP SHIVA project

Horticulture Minister, Jagat Singh Negi while presiding over the review meeting of the HP SHIVA project and Mehak Yojana here today, said that the state government is committed to the welfare of orchardists and farmers for which various steps are being taken in the state.

He said that various activities are being conducted under the HP SHIVA project. In the first phase of the project, about 65 lakh high-quality plants of various fruit are proposed to be planted in an area of 4000 hectares. However, 2000 hectare area will be covered in the second phase and a total of 15000 orchardist families will be benefitted from the project in the state.

Jagat Singh Negi directed to identify suitable land for the plant nurseries. Apart from this, he also gave directions to promote small processing units in the public and private sectors. He said that more than 1000 farmers from different districts have been trained under the Mehak Yojana. He directed to submit the action plan of the scheme within 15 days for effective implementation of the scheme.

MLA Shahpur, Kewal Singh Pathania requested the Horticulture Minister to send a team of experts to promote horticulture diversity in the Dharkandi area of Kangra so that cultivation of fruits and aromatic plants can be promoted.

The Project Director of the HP SHIVA Project, Devender Thakur, and senior officers of the Horticulture Department was also present on this occasion.

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